Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic players celebrating with the trophy.

‘Like when your father comes to watch you play’: what it’s like to play for Ange Postecoglou

Brisbane Roar great Jack Hingert says playing under Ange Postecoglou is an all-or-nothing affair.

“It was clear from the start what you had to do. To be honest it was difficult,” he said, describing what it was like to join Postecoglou’s exciting Brisbane Roar side as it progresses to three A-League matches. championships raged.

“But he was very good at making you believe in the way of playing.

“The way he could motivate you, he was just there. You wanted to be part of the whole culture.”

Postecoglou has captured that legendary culture in no time in its latest pressure cooker roll.

The Australian manager is Scotland’s toast after leading Celtic to the Scottish title in his first season as manager.

Ange Postecoglou celebrates Brisbane’s remarkable 2011 A-League win over Central Coast.Steve Holland: AAP Picture

After taking the premiership on Thursday morning away to Dundee United, his Celtic side had a celebratory homecoming overnight, beating Motherwell 6-0 in front of the club’s fans.

“We are champions,” said an emotional Postecoglou to frenzied Celtic fans after the game.

Last season, the club finished a whopping 25 points behind their big rivals, Rangers.

“I want to thank all those involved from the board and the best staff in the country – incredible effort,” he said

“I have a group of players that have been incredible – champions of Scotland and well deserved. And to you, the best [fans] on the planet – unbelievable.

“You have embraced me, my family, this sweater. And I want everyone to enjoy today, enjoy the summer and we come back bigger and better – because we never stop.”

Postecoglou is so popular in Scotland that he says he can’t keep up with the amount of whiskey sent to his house, given he’s a drop.

A ‘powerful’ presence

Another Roar hero from their Postecoglou days said the coach created a similar sense of purpose in Brisbane, almost single-handedly changing the club’s entire trajectory.

“He came to the Roar with a very strong approach, mentality and vision, where he thought Brisbane Roar could create a legacy,” said Matt Smith, a defensive linchpin for the side.

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