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New Celtic boss Postecoglou determined to win over doubters

Ange Postecoglou vowed to give Celtic fans an exciting team to be proud of after acknowledging the “mixed response” to his appointment as manager.

The former Australia head coach arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday following a quarantine period, which was only a minor delay in relation to the length of time the club took to replace Neil Lennon who stepped down on February 23.

Celtic had looked set to appoint Eddie Howe following the end of the season but the former Bournemouth manager stunned Hoops fans by pulling out of a move north.

Postecoglou quickly emerged as the new front-runner and the Athens-born Australian dismissed any concerns about not being the first choice after arriving from Yokohama F Marinos.

“You’re assuming I was second choice, I might have been fifth choice, you never know,” he said at a media conference.

“It doesn’t really bother me. What’s important is that I have been given the responsibility and opportunity. Just that fact alone shows that the people who made this decision have faith in me.

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“That’s all I need. From then on it’s up to me to get down to working the way I want to and try to bring success to this club.

“Look, I gather there was a little bit of a mixed response when I got announced as the Celtic manager.

“But what I do know is 100 per cent of Celtic supporters will want me to be successful because nothing is more important to them than this football club, and if I am successful then it means this club is successful. I just can’t wait to see them back in here.

“My role is to try and provide a club they are going to be proud of, a team they are going to look forward to watching every week, and a team that everyone is talking about.

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