By Doug Ward

30th May, 2021 | 12:33pm

Celtic believe Postecoglou can lay down challenge to Rangers

Celtic believe hiring Ange Postecoglou as their new manager will help them “lay down a challenge” to Rangers, according to the Sunday Post.

The newspaper reports on their website that Celtic feel Postecoglou can be Scottish football’s Marcelo Bielsa as they close in on hiring the Yokohama F. Marinos boss.

Celtic have turned their attention towards the Greece-born Aussie after talks to hire Eddie Howe collapsed in spectacular fashion.


How can Celtic expect Postecoglou to mount a serious challenge to Rangers in his first season in a European top-flight?

The 55-year-old has managed Panachaiki in Greece’s third-tier in the past while he’s also been in charge at Brisbane Road, Melbourne Victory and the Australia national team.

Postecoglou’s reign as Aussie boss ended in November 2017, just weeks after he led his nation to World Cup qualification when he resigned due to the “intense pressure of international football management” [Guardian].

If he finds managing Australia too tough an order, how’s he going to find it in the pressure oven of Old Firm management?

Steven Gerrard arrived at Ibrox with a massive understanding of the pressures of being at a top football club in the UK.

Postecoglou will arrive at Parkhead with experience of failure at Australia and a decent stint in Japan.

He’s Celtic’s Pedro Caixinha and we’re not worried at all.

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