Simon Jordan: Postecoglou can get off to good start at Celtic by beating Rangers
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has tipped Ange Postecoglou to do a good job at Celtic and claims he can get off to a strong start in Scotland by beating Rangers in the fourth match of the season.
On Tuesday, the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership fixture list was released and at the end of August, Ibrox will play host to the first Old Firm derby of the campaign.
Postecoglou’s appointment at Parkhead has been poorly received by Celtic fans and, as expected, met well by those who support title-holders Rangers.
But talkSPORT pundit Jordan believes the Australian can do a good job with the Bhoys due to the muted expectations.
As shown in a clip on the talkSPORT Twitter account, Jordan said: “This guy will come into Celtic with two things. A, a suppressed expectation. I know that’s difficult to believe because Celtic fans will demand success but they will be underwhelmed by this appointment so he’s got a little bit of latitude.
“He’s got Rangers in the fourth game of the season, if he can start with a decent result against Rangers then Celtic may just start motoring in a different way that people expect.
“I’m optimistic for him despite the fact I made a facetious comment which involved comparing his managerial career with the dizzy heights of someone replacing him at Brisbane Roar, being Robbie Fowler.
“But I do think this guy might just have the chops to get into the ribs of Celtic because it wasn’t 18 months ago when Rangers were being looked at this way.”
Is he having a laugh?
Expectations are low at Parkhead for a reason and that’s because Postecoglou is an awful appointment for Celtic.
He doesn’t have the right UEFA coaching badges, he’s had a managerial career that has spanned Australia and Japan and when he was in charge of the Aussie national team, he walked away due to the pressure.
If he thinks that taking charge of a country that doesn’t really care too much about football is hard, he will have the shock of his lifetime when Celtic play at Ibrox in August.
Celtic’s season is on the ropes before it’s even started.
Some of their best players have already been linked with moves away and the situation behind the scenes is a mess.
Rangers, on the other hand, couldn’t be more of a polar opposite to their Old Firm rivals.
While our big-name players are being linked with moves away, that’s expected after such a good season. It’s clubs wanting our players more than our players wanting to jump a sinking ship, which is what is happening on the other side of Glasgow.
Jordan’s optimism is misplaced and ultimately, not shared by Celtic fans.
But we’ll let him get ahead of himself. That’s fine with us.
In other Rangers news, Watford are in talks to sign this Gers star.