Former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas has praised the sporting manner in which Ange Postecoglou conducted himself at the end of Sunday’s Old Firm clash.
The Lowdown: Parkhead draw played out
The Hoops faced their Glasgow arch-rivals in a vital Premiership clash on Sunday afternoon, with the title race reaching its denouement.
In the end, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Parkhead, with Jota opening the scoring for Celtic, only for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men to equalise through Fashion Sakala.
While the usual feistiness was on show at times during the game, Postecoglou and his opposite number showed respect to each other after the final whistle, sharing a warm embrace.
The Latest: Nicholas praises managers’ sportsmanship
Speaking to The Express [via Daily Record], Nicholas praised the behaviour of the two managers, saying it felt like the conduct which used to be displayed by the likes of Jock Stein and Tommy Burns, both of whom are bona fide Celtic legends.
The 60-year-old ex-Hoops idol chimed:
“What I did appreciate at the end of the Celtic v Rangers match was two coaches who showed each other great respect by shaking hands and embracing on the pitch.
“Ange Postecoglou looked like a proper Celtic manager, it was like a Jock Stein or Tommy Burns scenario.
“Giovanni van Bronckhorst also deserves enormous credit. Even their comments after the game, especially Ange’s, were great. There was none of that stuff of old with Neil Lennon’s smugness or anger.
“I loved the humility, representing clubs who are wholehearted all in.”
The Verdict: How it should be
This is exactly how football should be, with two teams fighting it out over 90 minutes, and perhaps some pre-match mind games thrown in, but mutual respect on display once the final whistle is blown.
Postecoglou is not only doing a superb job on the pitch as manager in his first season at Celtic, taking them to the cusp of reclaiming the Premiership title, but the class with which he carries himself with is also impressive, making him most worthy of the praise from Nicholas.
Celtic are in good hands with the 56-year-old at the helm, and it could be that he and Van Bronckhorst have a healthy rivalry which builds over the coming years.
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