The Banter Years era at Celtic probably started with Ferencvaros and the laughs keep coming as Rangers fans eagerly await the appointment of their rivals’ new manager.
Primed to be Yokohama F. Marinos manager Ange Postecoglou, Celtic have gone full Pedro Caixinha as they look to halt Stevie G’s rampant charge to 56.
But prior to leaving Japan and Oceania behind, ex-Australia boss Postecoglou held back to play an Emperor’s Cup match against a fourth division amateur side with hilarious consequences.
J-League outfit Marinos were humbled by Honda FC – a side three tiers below them – crashing out of the tournament on penalties after a 1-1 draw in what should prove to be Postecoglou’s last game.
To add another layer to the banter of this, the opposition goalkeeper scored a penalty to put Honda in front in the game.
— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) June 9, 2021
If the appointment hasn’t already been scrutinised with a fine-tooth comb, this result has sent Twitter into overdrive with Rangers fans buckled and Celtic supporters chewing their fingernails.
The big Aussie boss is not yet in the door at Celtic but should his appointment at the Parkhead club be signed, sealed and delivered this week, Rangers fans have certainly enjoyed chuckling at the horse he’s riding in on.
As Celtic fans unfurl an endless stream of banners and Rangers continue to make moves inside Ibrox and out, it’s been quite an enjoyable few months for the blue side of Glasgow.
Here’s some of the best reaction from the Rangers support as Big Ange proves he’s the perfect fit by supplying the banter even before he’s checked in at Parkhead:
Look, Postecoglou and his visionary ideas of football have just steered a 4th division amateur side to a cup giant killing.
The guy is a genius.
— Snake Derick (@DerickSnake) June 9, 2021
4th Division team beat Postecoglou 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/omRXe9cqXI
— CHristian LEE 🇰🇷🇬🇧🍊 (@CHLEE_RangersFC) June 9, 2021
So Ange Postecoglou signs off from Yokohama by being kicked out of the cup by forth division Honda. He could very well be Celtic’s Caixinha. So looking forward to next season and 5️⃣6️⃣
— IndependenceGer 🏴🏴 (@GerIndependence) June 9, 2021
Usually if people talk about Honda or Yokohama then you'd assume it's in relation to cars.
— Jamie Brown (@Fake_Jamie) June 9, 2021
Don't worry though.
it was against Japan's most most dangerous amateur team, who by all accounts would give Barcelona a right good game. pic.twitter.com/tojsG087rp
— JT (@bulloobear) June 9, 2021
Not Pep Postecoglou
— FiftyFiveAndCounting (@55_AndCounting) June 9, 2021
Nothing more to add pic.twitter.com/cjnfWL9Fro
— Truth Speaker (@fiftyfivetitles) June 9, 2021
One of the top 10 managers in the world tho 😩😩😩
— S A Y E R S Y (@sayersy1872) June 9, 2021
— AWM (@allan21983) June 9, 2021
Rangers fans are excited for the new campaign as the rebuilding gets underway at Parkhead the Gers continue to improve from a position of strength.
Not only have the club already announced two pre-season signings, but the latest to sign on at Ibrox has delighted supporters aplenty.