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Ange hits back at ‘condescend­ing’ critics

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CELTIC manager Ange Postecoglo­u has taken a swipe at the “condescend­ing” critics who have questioned the former Australia coach during his troubled start in Scotland.

Postecoglo­u’s side is in sixth place in the Scottish Premiershi­p and already trail leaders Rangers by six points.

They were also knocked out of the Champions League second qualifying round by Midtjyllan­d.

A lacklustre 1-1 draw with Dundee United at the weekend fuelled criticism of Postecoglo­u in the media.

Speaking ahead of the Europa League game against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, former Yokohama F Marinos boss Postecoglo­u returned fire on his doubters.

“To be honest, the only thing I don’t like is the condescend­ing nature of the questions,” he said.

“That somehow I don’t understand that if we don’t win games of football, I don’t understand the magnitude of the football club, that somehow I am in charge of this rebuild and I have no idea of what the ramificati­ons are if I don’t get it right.

“Maybe that is the intent, maybe people just want to be condescend­ing, that’s up to them. In terms of pressure, criticism or scrutiny, that is fair enough, that is what people who are passionate about the game will do when they analyse the team and I have no issues with that.”

Postecoglo­u had responded to questions about Celtic’s flaws by insisting it was too early to write off his team.

“I see no reason why you would declare someone a champion in September when you have more than 30 games to go,” he fired back.

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