How ‘Big Ange’ won over Celtic fans and conquered Scotland

How ‘Big Ange’ won over Celtic fans and conquered Scotland

Glasgow: They stumble out of the city’s gothic pubs wearing cork hats, clutching inflatable kangaroos and singing Live It Up – the 1980s hit by Mental As Anything – at the top of their voices. These weren’t Aussie two-pot screamers on a Contiki tour; they were seasoned soccer fans with thick Glaswegian accents, a brand-new idol and a long night of partying ahead. Gathered in George Square, in the heart of Scotland’s biggest city, thousands more drink and cheer on Celtic’s latest success into the morning while draping green and white scarves over statues of revered home-grown literary figures such as Walter Scott, Robbie Burns and Thomas Campbell. Their discovery of all things Australiana is in tribute of Ange Postecoglou, the son of Greek immigrants who fled a military coup …
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