'We'll come back bigger': Emotional Postecoglou promises more from Celtic after sealing title

'We'll come back bigger': Emotional Postecoglou promises more from Celtic after sealing title

CELTIC manager Ange Postecoglou has vowed Celtic 'will come back bigger and better' after winning the Scottish Premiership.

The celebrations for the club’s 10th league title in 11 years had barely begun when the Australian's thoughts turned to next season.

Postecoglou knew he needed to rebuild a Celtic side lacking in quality and confidence when he arrived 12 months ago.

But despite making huge strides in his first season, he hinted the overhaul was still underway and that the Hoops will be an even more potent force next term.

'You've embraced me'

An emotional Postecoglou made the comments as he addressed the fans following Saturday's 6-0 home win over Motherwell, after which they were awarded the league trophy.

"Champions, that's who we are," he said.

"I just want to thank everyone involved, the board, management — I've got the best staff in the land, unbelievable effort.

"I've got a group of players who have been unbelievable, champions of Scotland and well deserved.

"And for you [the fans], the best on the planet, unbelievable.

"You've embraced me, you've embraced my family, you've embraced this jumper!

"I want everyone to enjoy today, enjoy the summer and we'll come back bigger, better, because we never stop!"

Silenced critics

Postecoglou made his comments after Celtic thrashed Motherwell 6-0 with goals from Kyogo Furuhashi (2), Giorgos Giakoumakis (2), David Turnbull and Jota.

It was a fitting end to the season and a perfect day to receive the league trophy, showcasing the Australian's unrelenting style of football that quickly won over the Celtic fans.

Many thought Postecoglou would need at least a season to rebuilt both personnel and morale before challenging for honours when he replaced Neil Lennon as permanent coach last June.

Some pundits even wrote off the 56-year-old before he had taken charge of his first game, questioning the appointment of a relatively unknown coach who lacked European experience.

However, he has since secured two trophies in his first season in charge and will lead Celtic in the Champions League group stages next term for the first time since the 2017/18 season.