Ange Postecoglou says successful the Scottish League Cup should be simply the begin for Celtic after their comeback victory over Hibernian in Sunday’s final.
Celtic trailed when Paul Hanlon gave Hibernian a shock lead at Hampden Park, however Kyogo Furuhashi’s double turned the match round.
The 2-1 win handed Celtic a twentieth League Cup trophy and first piece of silverware beneath Postecoglou, with the membership having turned to the Greek-Australian after enduring a trophyless 2020-21 season.
Postecoglou was conscious of the significance of beating Hibernian having headed into the final as favourites, and mentioned such moments are why he grew to become Celtic boss.
“It is [emotional]. I know the significance of it. It’s been of a hell of a ride so far and we haven’t come into this opportunity the easy way,” Postecoglou instructed Premier Sports.
“I’m simply so happy with this group of gamers, they have been the most resilient group I’ve ever come throughout with what’s been thrown at us the final 5, six months.
“It’s not stress. It’s what I would like. It’s why you settle for this place. You do not settle for this place to draw back from creating particular issues. We’re nonetheless at the starting. We wish to take pleasure in this as the gamers have been via an terrible lot and risen to each problem together with at the moment. We simply wish to hold going.
“It has to be [just the start]. It’s the only measure at Celtic. You win it, and then you go onto the next one.”
Kyogo was an damage doubt heading into the match, however Postecoglou began the Japanese ahead and noticed his gamble repay in the second half.
“He’s a brilliant player, a great person too,” Postecoglou mentioned. “He was determined even on one leg to get out there today and help the boys out.”
On what it means for the followers, Postecoglou added: “It’s everything. It’s what this football club’s about, it’s what football’s about. We just pass through these clubs, but the people in here, it’s generational support. They’ve invested their lives in this club, and these are the rewards.”
Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who made a significant save in damage time, additionally revelled in the victory after a troublesome 12 months for Celtic.
He mentioned: “It feels amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve been part of a final. I came up here to do this, we’re very proud of what we’ve done so far. It’s been an indifferent ride but we’ve got here and we’ve won it.
“Anything involving Celtic the environment goes to be electrical. It was a troublesome victory.
“We’ve got to get our heads down, keep focused. The league is tough, it’s tight at the top and we want to keep it that way as long as possible. We want to get as high as we can.”
Meanwhile, Hibernian interim boss David Gray admitted the defeat was tough to take, in what could possibly be his final match in cost following the membership’s talks with No 1 candidate Shaun Maloney.
“There’s massive disappointment in the dressing room. I asked them to give me everything they’ve got, and they did that today. I’d like to thank them for that. From the moment I took over they gave me everything.
“Celtic are a very good facet, began quick. We anticipated it and we annoyed them in the first half then created possibilities in the second. If we might have simply held onto the lead it may need made a distinction.
“I’ve no idea what’s happening moving forward, I’ve tried to distance myself from it as much as possible. It’s not about me. Our focus was today, but now it’s done I’m sure we’ll speak to the powers that be and decide what the plan of action is going forward.”