By George Hartley

29th Dec, 2021 | 10:40am

Mark Schwarzer praises 'incredible' Postecoglou as Rangers face title challenge

Australia legend Mark Schwarzer has commended his compatriot, Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou, as his side continue to push Rangers for the title.

As Rangers continue to lead the way in the push for the title, former Premier League goalkeeper Schwarzer has heaped praise on rival coach Postecoglou in an interview with Australian radio station SEN, quoted by The Daily Record.

The ex-Middlesbrough, Fulham and Chelsea stopper has been quick to speak on Postecoglou’s success, following fellow ex-Premier League star Trevor Sinclair in backing the Australian.

Postecoglou’s start at Parkhead was hit-and-miss, losing to Hearts, Rangers and Livingston in the opening six games. However, the former Australia manager has overseen an improvement. The club are unbeaten in the league since mid-September and continue to push Rangers for the title.

In the interview, Schwarzer said: “What he has done is remarkable, it’s an incredible achievement for an Australian coach in Europe and Celtic are back.

“Celtic have won silverware and are genuine contenders to get back that title and get the Scottish Premiership away from Rangers again so it’s an exciting season.

“Certainly even leading up to it, people writing him off before he was even appointed manager to people saying there was no chance it was going to work to having a bad start, being knocked out of the Champions League.

“He had literally zero opportunity to put his ideas on the side and rebuild a team and the expectations. He’s done an incredible job.”

Uphill battle

Despite stabilising things at Celtic, Postecoglou still faces a sharp uphill battle as he pushes to close the gap on Rangers.

Steven Gerrard’s departure from Rangers failed to affect what looks like a seamless charge towards SPL glory this season. The Gers have not dropped points since late October and have only lost a single match in the league to Dundee United in August.

New recruits Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada and Jota have been prolific in front of goal and their defence has been good, leaking fewer goals than even Rangers.

Despite this, Rangers show no sign of backing down as they steam to another domestic title.

Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe have continued their rich vein of form, scoring 14 league goals between them. Midfield maestro Joe Aribo is not far behind them with six of his own.

Postecoglou is certainly deserving of Schwarzer’s praise but, despite his valiant efforts, a Rangers title is definitely on the cards.

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