The Australian gave a tetchy interview in post-match tussle of words with the BBC’s Liam MacLeod in the wake of Celtic’s 3-2 aggregate defeat to FC Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifiers.
The tension started when Ange Postecoglou was asked if the exit from the competition represented a ‘catastrophe’ for Celtic, prompting a confrontational response as quoted in the Daily Record:
“It’s pretty strong language mate,” Postecoglou responded. “I don’t know what your version of catastrophic is but it certainly doesn’t fit my definition of what happened tonight.”
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast, Brazil issued his response to Postecoglou’s snap-back:
“He’s Aussie, right. ‘Bit strong mate, bit strong mate’.
“He wants to just go easy with his press up there because if they think, ‘whoa, this guy is way out of his depth’, they will sharpen, and sharpen, and sharpen.”
He was then asked by his co-host, fellow ex-Spurs man Jamie O’Hara, if Postecoglou using his tone as a tactic to force a de-escalation.
“Well yeah, but there’s ways of doing it.
“You could say, ‘guys, I’m gutted’. You don’t have to say, ‘bit strong mate, that means the end’. He’s being aggressive, you give it to me I’ll give you it back.
“I’m not sure this is the time to do that.
“I think it would be a case of, ‘guys, you’ve got a point, it’s disappointing, we felt we should have won in the first leg and we’ve had a few problems, we’re devastated in that dressing room but we go to Hearts to kick off our SPL, it’s a huge disappointment but we will overcome that’.
“That’s the way I’d play it. It’s common sense.”
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Tension is understandably rife given the early season-defining moment of Celtic’s fourth consecutive UCL exit, and Postecoglou’s no-nonsense attitude reflects his wider sentiments surrounding the game.
Postecoglou was being mildly antagonised by emphasis on the magnitude of the result and his response is natural and unfiltered, but boyhood Bhoy Brazil is right to urge caution from an outsider perspective.