By Nick Ware

29th Sep, 2021 | 2:58pm

Ange Postecoglou baffled by perceived Rangers title declaration

Ange Postecoglou has questioned suggestions that Rangers may already have the title wrapped up after his Celtic side’s early-season issues.

The Greek-Australian manager took over at Parkhead in June following a protracted hunt for Neil Lennon’s successor that saw Eddie Howe spurn their advances.

Postecoglou lost his first two games in charge but appeared to have transformed their fortunes with a six-game win streak.

However, they have won just two of their last seven matches, and they already sit six points behind last season’s runaway Premiership champions, Rangers, having lost the first Old Firm of the 2021/22 campaign last month.

In a video posted on Sky Sports, and relayed by Football Daily on Twitter, Postecoglou was on the offensive about what he perceived to be premature predictions in the media.

He said: “To be honest, the only thing I don’t like is the condescending nature of the question that somehow I don’t understand if we don’t win games of football or the magnitude of the football club, that somehow I’m in charge of this rebuild and I’ve got no idea what the ramifications are if I don’t get it right.

“Maybe that’s the intent, maybe people just want to be condescending. That’s up to them, in terms of pressure or criticism or scrutiny that’s fair enough, that’s what people who are passionate about the game will do when they analyse a team. I’ve got no issue with that.

“[But] In terms of calling it early, I see no reason why you’d be declaring someone a champion in September when you’ve got 30-odd games to go.”

Pressure

Postecoglou’s early tenure in charge of Celtic has already included many twists and turns.

It was a difficult start for the former Australia boss, but he looked to have hit his stride with that run of six victories.

However, it has all coming crashing down in recent weeks, and that has coincided with a Rangers resurgence.

Steven Gerrard’s side endured some criticism at the beginning of the campaign amid a slew of senior stars ruled out via injury or COVID-related issues.

Champions League defeats to Malmo and a 1-0 loss to Dundee United saw Gerrard come in for his own pile-on.

However, the Gers have fired back to top the table after seven games, and it already looks ominous for the rest of the division.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard has hinted about his team selection for the game against Sparta Prague.