Ange Postecoglou names Celtic’s main motivation in admitting Champions League factor is spurring stars

Ange Postecoglou insists that the guaranteed entry to the Champions League group stage is a great incentive to Celtic to get the title wrapped.

But the Parkhead boss insists the biggest motivation is to give his staff and fans a sweet summer to bask in success.

The Scottish champions received confirmation this week that the Premiership the winners are assured of joining the elite in the next period without qualifying matches after the suspension of Russian clubs from UEFA competitions.

Celtic are on the brink of securing the place with a six-point lead in the title race with just three games to go.

Postecoglou admits it’s a huge carrot for the group, telling Celtic TV: “I knew at the beginning of the year that it was likely, so we knew it was an important title to win because of all the benefits you get from the fact that you’re guaranteed the group stage Champions League football.

“That is the level we all want to be at and where we want this club to be.

“Of course it’s a great incentive, but first of all it’s to bring joy and success to our fans, especially after last year when we didn’t have any success.



Celtic Chief Ange Postecoglou

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“I want it for the players and staff as I know how huge of a challenge it was for them this year to get us to this position.

“But ultimately everything we do is for the fans. They are the ones that, as I always say, after we are gone, they will still be here, they will continue to support and you want to give them those special moments and success.

“You know that once the season is over, if we pull it off and win the league, their summer will look a lot different than it did last time. That’s what we want”.

Celtic may take another big step towards glory tomorrow with a win over Hearts, but Postecoglou is aware of the dangers posed by Robbie Neilson’s impressive Tynecastle side.

He said: ” hearts They have had a very good season. They are in the Cup final and will be in Europe next year and they are a tough rival.

“You get to this point in the year and they are one of the teams that I know are going to be dangerous because they have nothing to lose.

“They can go out and play without fear. They are sure of their position and that is always a danger from the opponent’s perspective because they are not going to worry too much about the consequences if they are not successful and they can have a chance with us.

“But he is just the opponent you need. We want to finish strong and we will have to be good on Saturday.

“We have been consistent for a long time, especially here at home, and we will be willing to do it as well.”

Postecoglou, however, insists his team is up to the task.

Speaking on Celtic TV, he said: “Obviously after last weekend’s game (against Rangers), there was a bit of excitement and physical exertion that day, so we gave the boys a couple of days off just to recover and refresh.

“We are looking for him. It has been a challenging year, but now we are in the home stretch.

“We know that even as a group we have 10 days together and we want to make the most of it.

“It’s complicated, since you don’t want to cross the line and finish once and for all. It is important that we really enjoy this moment.

“The challenge is still before us. We have not achieved what we wanted, so enjoy this moment. Cheer up and don’t just want him to come to you.

“So we have been strong with the players who have accepted the challenge of wanting to win and winning it our way. Finish strong instead of waiting for it to be over so we can get it over with.”

Meanwhile, Celtic return to Austria to begin their pre-season preparations for the 2022/23 season.

The Parkhead team will travel for the 10-day camp in the first week of July.

Celtic then take on Blackburn Rovers at Celtic Park on Saturday 16 July at 12.30pm Seven days later Norwich will head north for a 3pm kick-off at Celtic Park on Saturday 23 July with both games included. on the 2022/23 season ticket.

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