Presenter John McGinley has slammed the media as they put pressure on Ange Postecoglou to criticise Celtic fans after they disrupted a minute’s applause in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
Over the weekend, the Bhoys took on St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership and actually saw their 38-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a 2-0 defeat.
However, of all the news surrounding the game, that wasn’t necessarily the most headline-grabbing story. Indeed, plenty of media outlets have picked up on the behaviour of the Celtic fans – including some who chanted ‘if you hate the Royal Family clap your hands’ – during the minute’s applause for the Monarch.
After the game, when asked about the incident, Postecoglou simply said: “I get why the interest is there, but I’m a manager at a football club, and I sit at press conferences wanting to talk about football.”
Indeed, he wrote: “I count 9 headlines, at least, referencing the fact Ange Postecoglou ‘refused’ to comment on the issue today. Pretty bizarre to be honest.”
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On this occasion, however, the Australian has chosen to be more withdrawn in his comments and this has certainly been noted by news outlets who state that he opted out of making any major claim on the situation.
In fairness to Postecoglou, as he makes clear, he is primarily there to talk about football and so has no obligation to pass comment on his own fans. On top of that, he probably wouldn’t like to upset a fair section of that support by condemning their behaviour in an attempt to pander to the media.