Rangers assistant manager Neil Banfield admits that certain comments made by Ange Postecoglou following Celtic’s league cup final victory in February left ‘a little taste in the mouth’.
In an interview with the Scottish Daily Mail, the 61-year-old said: “I have got to say he has been first-class but he said one or two things that I have remembered and I will remember. For what he has achieved at Celtic, we say well done. The use of the market has been excellent and I like the way they play.”
“But he said one or two things that make you want to say: ‘Okay, right, we’re coming’.”
Banfield added that he relished the competition, but warned it will spur his side on to topple their Old Firm rivals: “And that’s okay, that is what it’s all about. They’ll want to come at us. That’s what top-level managers are all about. That’s the world we live in.
“There’s respect there, no doubt. He is a good football guy and he works for Celtic but he has said things that leave a little taste in the mouth. I’ll keep that to myself but he made a quote after the final and it landed on me. And you think: ‘Yeah, okay I’ll take that. Next time we’ll turn that round.”