Ange Postecoglou’s latest triumph proves what can be achieved with a bit of self-belief

Rangers might have annoyed Celtic of their 1-1 draw at a rocking Celtic Park on Sunday, however the stalemate has solely delayed the inevitable as Ange Postecoglou will get set to raise the Scottish title.

Celtic bossed the primary half within the Glasgow sunshine in one other frenetic Previous Agency derby, they usually certainly would have sealed the title had former Yokohama F. Marinos man Daizen Maeda not blazed over with Allan McGregor’s purpose at his mercy shortly after the half-time break.

Maeda’s miss appeared to re-energise the guests and after Vogue Sakala had equalised for Rangers with an unstoppable left-foot end, the Zambian striker nearly gained the sport when he burst clear via on purpose, solely to see his shot bounce again off the foot of Joe Hart’s publish.

The draw was a good consequence between two of world soccer’s most bitter rivals, even when there’s little doubt Celtic will finally be topped champions.

That would occur towards Hearts at Celtic Park subsequent Saturday, with Celtic at the moment six factors away from Rangers with solely three video games remaining.

It is going to imply Postecoglou provides the Scottish Premiership to the League Cup crown he collected in December, with solely a Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers – who else? – stopping Celtic from preventing for the treble in Postecoglou’s first season in cost.

It’s a powerful feat for a supervisor most Scottish followers had by no means heard of earlier than his arrival in Glasgow, and whereas it could be tempting to view Celtic’s triumph as some sort of vindication for Postecoglou, the reality is he’s been doing this his complete life.

The query now isn’t a lot the place Postecoglou goes from right here – the English Premier League certainly awaits – however whether or not Australian soccer will truly be taught something from his achievements.

Ange Postecoglou

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As a result of it’s not like we haven’t seen this earlier than. Postecoglou has now gained the Nationwide Soccer League with South Melbourne, the A-League with Brisbane Roar, the Asian Cup with the Socceroos and the J.League with Yokohama F. Marinos.

And similar to the critics who’ll insist the Scottish Premiership is nothing greater than a two-horse race, who gained’t depend the title in Yokohama as a result of they discover Japanese soccer too troublesome to understand, and who imagine the Socceroos had it straightforward within the Asian Cup regardless of dealing with a South Korean facet containing Son Heung-min within the closing, so too will this newest triumph be dismissed by these unwilling to confess that an Australian supervisor may ever be world-class.

Nevertheless it gained’t be dismissed by as many as common – a minimum of not in Australia – as a result of if there’s one factor we’ve realized in Australian soccer, it’s that abroad success is a surefire method to shake off our cultural cringe.

Postecoglou himself mentioned the dearth of appreciation for the magnitude of Australia’s Asian Cup win was one of many causes he was eager to maneuver on from the Socceroos job.

That’s a lesson Soccer Australia would do nicely to heed, not least as a result of Australia is co-hosting a FIFA Girls’s World Cup subsequent 12 months that loads of politicians will put their fingers out free of charge tickets to whereas doing nothing to ever advance the reason for soccer on this nation.

And there’s one other essential lesson we are able to be taught from a supervisor who has merely ignored the critics and blazed his personal path.

Our soccer might be profitable. It’s simply troublesome to succeed with out a little little bit of self-belief.

On a weekend by which loads of Aussies tuned into the Previous Agency Derby, it looks like far fewer watched any A-League Males motion. And simply two weeks out from the finals, the Australian Skilled Leagues had higher give you some compelling storylines.

As a result of Ange Postecoglou must be the primary of many profitable Aussie coaches.

Our soccer has all the time been adequate. However proper now the home recreation sorely wants an injection of self-belief.

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