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Ange Postecoglou delivers spine-tingling speech after claiming Scottish Premiership


Australian football coach Ange Postecoglou has delivered a spine-tingling speech after leading Celtic to a second-straight Scottish Premiership.

Celtic will now play off for the Scottish Cup next week, having dismantled Aberdeen 5-0 on Saturday, finishing seven points clear of second-placed Rangers.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Ange Postecoglou delivers epic speech after leading Celtic to another title.

Addressing the sea of green at a packed Celtic Park, Postecoglou delivered a pitch perfect speech with an economy of words.

“Champions again,” he started. “And we’re champions again because of this incredible group of players, brilliantly led by our skipper, Callum McGregor.

“Champions again because of this unbelievable group of people working behind the scenes, our staff.

“Champions again because of you. In the words of the immortal Tommy Burns, ‘You are always there. Always’.

“Champions again because I am a lucky man.

“And we’ve got one more to go; we never stop!”

Ange Postecoglou delivered a brilliant speech after Celtic’s win. Credit: Sky Sports Scotland

The former Socceroos coach savoured Celtic’s title party but insisted he needed no confirmation of what his Parkhead role brings him.

The 57-year-old is reported to be high on Tottenham’s wanted list as they search for a new manager but the Australian remains focused on winning the treble with Celtic in next weekend’s Scottish Cup final against Inverness.

“I don’t need any reinforcement, I feel it every day,” Postecoglou said. “I know it’s a special football club and I have had wonderful support from day one.

“I am enjoying it, I love being part of this football club but also I take the responsibility I hold very seriously.

“Days like today are about enjoying them, appreciating the great people I have got around me, the staff and my own family.

“These days are ones where you get the chance to appreciate what you have got. It’s a special day, we do trophy days well.”

There were moments of concern for Celtic. Two-goal Kyogo Furuhashi limped off after being hurt in a 50-50 challenge with Aberdeen goalkeeper Kelle Roos, and then Alistair Johnston went off after pulling up on his comeback from a lower-leg knock.

A header from Carl Starfelt ensured Celtic broke their post-war club record for goals scored in a league campaign – set by the Lisbon Lions in 1967 – and Oh Hyeon-gyu’s double took them to 114.

The Australian coach got another piece of silverware. Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

“I’m really proud of that because it’s kind of what my football is all about,” Postecoglou said.

“It’s how I want my teams to play. I set my teams up to win but also to hopefully entertain and excite the fans.

“The players have done that this season, they have been relentless.

“They wanted to make every minute of the game count.”

Fashion Sakala grabbed a double as Rangers signed off their season with 3-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley.

The Gers attacker scored following a solo run after 26 minutes before adding a second just after the break with a similar run and finish.

Fit-again Croatia striker Antonio Colak left the Rangers bench to score a third in the 77th minute as the Ibrox side enjoyed a comfortable finale to their trophyless season.

Ten-man Hearts held on for a 1-1 draw in a tense final-day Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle to stop Hibernian leapfrogging them into fourth place.

The Jambos knew a point would be enough to keep their city rivals beneath them in fifth place and secure automatic European qualification.

They got off to the perfect start when Yutaro Oda fired them into a ninth-minute lead.

But a red card for Alex Cochrane – his third of the season – on the half hour and an equaliser from Kevin Nisbet immediately afterwards meant Hearts had to dig deep.

They held on for more than an hour – including stoppage-time – to get the point they needed.

With AAP

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Source: 7News