“Massive growth area”; Ange delivers another classic Celtic one-liner with a serious point
Ange Postecoglou has come away with a number of classic one-liners in the press since joining Celtic this summer.
From proclamations of not being an accountant or a doctor to outright rejections of a series of reporters’ questions, he handled the media expertly.
His latest came in a discussion of football analysis when he was asked about the concepts of expected goals ‘xG’ and expected assists ‘xA’.
Ange’s answer was a belt. As quoted by the Glasgow Times, he said: “The one that appeals to me is XL because it’s all my clothes.”
But that wasn’t a rejection of the concept, it was just the latest example of the Celtic manager being humble and honest about his knowledge.
He’s not afraid to admit that he relies on others to stay up to date and modern in football.
Postecoglou continued: “I don’t know, my friend, that’s why I brought Antoine [Ortega] in! The analytical thing is way beyond me. Like you, I went to school with pen and paper.
“That’s where the future of a lot of player scouting and identification is heading. These young guys are much better qualified – and trained – to get the right information and then filter it and put it into a form that you and I can understand.
“It’s an area of massive growth in football and we’re always on the lookout for bright people who can come and help us in those areas.”
The point here is that Postecoglou has the foresight to ensure Celtic are as forward-thinking as our competitors, even if they lack the expertise to do the job themselves.
It’s the perfect marriage of data-driven analytics and the Bhoys’ ability to take those translations in a way that helps the team.
In other news, “Not Going Anywhere”; Firm message from Ange Postecoglou on young Celtic talents.
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