By Alex McLeish

29th Jul, 2021 | 9:02pm

Ex-manager: Celtic fans will love what I heard from Postecoglou after devastating setback

Alex McLeish has lauded Ange Postecoglou for shouldering responsibility after Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Hoops fans would love the way the 55-year-old deals with the media.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Wednesday’s defeat, Postecoglou shot down reporter Liam McLeod’s use of the word “catastrophic” to sum up the loss to Midtjylland.

The Australian claimed the 2-1 defeat did not warrant the journalist’s “strong language”.

Postecoglou also insisted there was no one to blame and that he would take responsibility for the defeat.

McLeish admitted he did not like “throwing people under the bus” regardless of result or performance levels.

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As such, he applauded Postecoglou’s “honest” response and suggested fans would appreciate him for it.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I don’t like throwing people under the bus in any way, shape or form because I’ve been in a management game a long time.

“You do tend to apportion blame when you get off to a bad start but Postecoglou has been really honest. He hasn’t shifted the blame, he’s actually taken the blame on himself.

“He will endear himself to the fans with that. Obviously, he does have to improve it.

“That was a good answer. Catastrophe is a word that doesn’t do football a favour. A catastrophe is something like a pandemic. These are things Postecoglou will try and fix.”

Celtic travelled to Denmark after playing out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Parkhead.

The Hoops took the lead on Wednesday thanks to a Callum McGregor strike but were beaten 2-1 after extra time.

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