CELTIC fans serenaded him with a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
But Ange Postecoglou still looks like she’s ready to get away with it.
London are calling on the Celtic manager after winning his fifth trophy in two years.
But as the fans who adore him sang their songsThe side are eliminated after the final whistle, but their pleas for him to stay are likely to fall on deaf ears.
All signs now point to the Australian heading to Tottenham and talks with Spurs are set to take place there48 hours.
Postecoglou was keen to silence all talk of his potential departure in his post-match press conference at Hampden.
But when asked about the chants in the stands as his team displayed the trophy, the 57-year-old thanked them for loving him.
And it seemed like his way of saying goodbye.
He said: “I really appreciated the support I received from day one.
“Because of the way I got into the football club – to put it bluntly – I was ‘a joke’.
“A lot of people made fun of me – but the fans collectively put their arms around me for their own reasons and said, ‘No, he’s one of us.'”
“It was up to me to repay that belief. The reason they felt so close to this team and to me was that even though others might have made fun of it, they had my back.
“I think they deserve a lot of credit for what happened because, given the reaction to my appointment, our supporters could easily have been just as skeptical.
“I would have loved thatmuch more difficult, especially in the initial stages when there were no results yet.
“I think they felt part of my journey here and they deserve a good feeling about that, despite a lot of people poking fun at it, they stood by the person who represented their football club and that’s what they do special as a fan.”
“I’ve tried to repay that in my own way by hopefully producing a team that has achieved success and that they will be proud of.
“But that was always the most important thing for me.”
Postecoglou definitely looked like oneHe purposely tried to soak up the moment as he marched across the pitch.
He added: “I enjoy all of this. You know what it means to people. I’ve said it before: this is the greatest reward you get. As much as you feel personal satisfaction, seeing how it affects others is what gives you the greatest pleasure.
“The fans, the players, the staff, my goodnessjust seeing what days like this do for you and how it makes you feel, that’s the beauty of it.
“That gives you great. Ultimately, everyone is out there with the common goal of being part of something special. At that moment you can share it with everyone.”
Postecoglou did his best to talk his questions away.
He tried to figure out it was only people “not invested in Celtic” who questioned him.
But that’s not true, is it?
It’s the thousandsFans who want to know if he’s leaving or not. And they are definitely invested in the club.
He then added, “Yes, but again, they deserve to enjoy this moment because no matter what happens in the future, why wouldn’t they want to enjoy this moment as it is?” It’s something historical. “
The Celtic players were told the same thing as the assembled press.
Postecoglou did not give them any confirmationeither as he urged her to enjoy her moment.
He added: “Before you look ahead, you have to enjoy it.
“Everyone worked hard for it, it was a long season.
“Some of our guys have been to a World Cup and are still out there doing their best.
“It was a monumental achievement. Kyogo was barely fit today and now has to play for his national team.
“But his thoughts were only about performing for this club.
“They all deserve to enjoy this, it’s not about what comes next for any of them.
“I told them that in the dressing room. You can celebrate this a little harder because tomorrow there’s onefor her.
“So I told them to enjoy it and whatever comes next will fall into place.”
If Postecoglou accepts Spurs’ offer, which is in the table, he can hardly be blamed.
This is a man who was an unknown relativeonly two years ago.
No one in the mainstream media dismissed it as a joke – that’s just not true – but it’s fair to say that it was seen as a risky position.
Now it is considered a masterpiece.
He is now the fifth Celtic managera triple with Now he shows he was in charge as the club claimed their world title sweep eight clean.
Callum McGregor was at the heart of the action.
And he was someone Postecoglou gave special praise to last night as he got ready to party.
The skipper has now won FIVE triples and his trophy haul now stands at 20 medals.
Postecoglou added: “It’s overwhelming just to think about it.
“I know they all fell so shortfrom time. Maybe people get complacent and think they’re the norm. They’re not, they’re an exception.
“Although it’s five in a short period of time, if you think about the history of the football club, that’s not that often.
“Look, I said it from the start, he was outstanding, an outstanding leader, he grew into the role, he’s fantastiche is a fantastic human being and it is thanks to him and his family that he has many more years of his career ahead of him and is already one of the GIANT of this football club.
“It was great to see him grow as a person and as a leader. He has some good lieutenants there too, but it’s an honor for him and nobody deserves it more.”
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