The Scottish Mail on Sunday

It’s time for straight answers as questions mount up for Ange


IT ISN’T hard to understand why Ange Postecoglo­u doesn’t want to get sidetracke­d at a time when he can barely cobble a team together at Celtic.

However, he ought to know that, in his current environmen­t, dodging questions in the way Vasilis Barkas dodges goalbound free-kicks is not going to wash for long.

Postecoglo­u’s responses to quite inoffensiv­e queries have no doubt amused some Hoops supporters. Asked if going out of Europe would hamper funds for an essential rebuild, he replied: ‘I’m not an accountant, mate.’

Asked how long Barkas would be missing after hurting a finger in pre-season, he replied: ‘I’m not a doctor, mate.’

Quizzed on the removal of Leigh Griffiths from their summer training camp, the Aussie insisted he hadn’t given the matter a single thought. As if.

Everyone has to give Postecoglo­u (pictured) leeway right now. He looks — and sounds — like a guy discoverin­g the dream home he walked into is falling apart at the seams.

Celtic may or may not get past Midtjyllan­d on Wednesday, but it matters little as they won’t be going further in the Champions League.

However, start the Premiershi­p season poorly and it won’t be long before the bedsheet brigade are back out in the car park demanding proper answers. Postecoglo­u won brownie points in accepting responsibi­lity for Celtic being underprepa­red and his role involves being pushed out front as the face of the club come hell or high water.

Sure, he seemed irked by the number of ‘glass half-empty questions’ after last week’s home draw with Midtjyllan­d, but he’d better get used to it. Whatever you made of the performanc­e, the result against a Danish team missing its top players from last season was not good. And when results aren’t good, you don’t want to be taking a leaf out of the book of Mark Venus.

Venus was assistant manager to Tony Mowbray at Parkhead back in 2010 when he staged a momentous press call ahead of a game against Morton, responding to a question about the game being a potential banana skin with the timeless reply: ‘I don’t know what a banana skin is.’

No one laughed then. And he certainly didn’t see the funny side when bouncing out the door two months later.

Postecoglo­u needs people onside as he tries to turn round a club that lost the plot. Most have sympathy for him right now.

But if the waters get choppier, as they surely might, being needlessly evasive is not going to help.

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