Last night, Ange Postecoglou insisted Celtic’s trip to Australia with Rangers would boost the growth of Scottish football around the world.
The Parkhead boss is delighted to travel to his homeland in November after a deal was struck to compete in the Sydney Super Cup.
Celtic are set to meet Rangers outside Scotland for the first time when the match is in New South Wales.
A section of Celtic Support chanted in protest and unveiled banners during last night’s game against St Mirren, declaring their displeasure at any type of joint venture.
But Postecoglou said: “No, look, I’ve been saying since day one that I’m not going to tell the fans what to feel and what not to feel.
“Selfishly, I am delighted. I’m all over the promo stuff, which means hopefully I’ll still be at work by then!
“Listen, I would love to take this team there to show people the football we can play.
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“There are a lot of our supporters in Australia, I know, I have experienced it, who will buy tickets and change their holiday plans to come and see us play.
“I can understand that some people have different opinions on this.
“I’m not going to tell people how they feel. But I have a selfish personal interest in this.
“I’m going to feel super proud to take this team to where I grew up.
“It’s huge for Australia, but I think we need to develop the game here for Scottish football.
“We have an opportunity with great interest for our club football, not just in Australia, but in Asia.
“All the other big clubs in the world are benefiting from this, so why wouldn’t we take advantage of the fact that we have an incredible opportunity to continue to grow the interest and popularity of this football club?
“It’s not just in the business sense, which is obviously a big part of football these days.
“But I guarantee you that we will win new supporters of this football club.
“We are an inclusive church. We welcome people from all over, which we do, and I think bringing the team to this side of the world is positive for us, but also positive for Scottish football.
“People know how I am, I’m not going to go there and treat it like a friendly.
“I want people to see us playing fantastic football and everyone talking about our football club.
“I have no doubt it will be an amazing event and the atmosphere will be cracking.
“Our supporters will make it a special occasion as they always do.
“Right now we have more important things to focus on. From my perspective, I hope I’m still in charge of taking this team to my hometown. I would be a very proud person.
Postecoglou was delighted with his side’s 2-0 win over Saints which kept them three points clear at the top of the Premiership.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Callum McGregor scored in the second half and the boss said: “It would have been easy for us to worry and look for different ways.
“I was satisfied with the concentration of the players. That’s what it’s all about at this point in the season and not getting distracted by noise or the emotions of outsiders.
“You come to year-end business and our supporters will be anxious. It’s a normal human emotion.
“I felt that even though we didn’t score the first goal, we were in control.”
“Everyone has something to play for at this stage of the season. If people think we’re going to go through teams scoring a lot of goals, I don’t think that’s going to happen.