"Absolutely astonished" - Kris Commons shares Postecoglou Celtic exit verdict after media links

By Lewis Laird

September 12, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons admitted that he would be ‘astonished’ to see Ange Postecoglou depart Parkhead to join Brighton, amidst recent media links.

The 57-year-old has spent just over 12 months in the Celtic Park dugout and has impressively overhauled this Hoops squad, leading them to league and cup success last season.

That early success is already catching the eye of clubs south of the border, with reports suggesting that Postecoglou was on a shortlist of names written up as potential replacements for Graham Potter at Brighton.

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Many Celtic fans wouldn’t have been surprised to see these links arrive after such a positive start to the season directly following an impressive first year at the club.

However, there doesn’t appear to be too much in those recent links, with further reports suggesting that Postecoglou has no interest in leaving Celtic.

It is fair to say that very much alines with the thoughts of Celtic supporters, who at this point in time, couldn’t see the former Socceroos boss departing his role as he continues to build his impressive Hoops side for the domestic and European front.

This is also the view of former Bhoys midfielder Kris Commons, who insisted he would have been ‘absolutely astonished’ to see Postecoglou depart for the Brighton role.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the Scottish internationalist admitted he has no doubt that Postecoglou will manage down south one day. However, he is currently building something special at Celtic Park, and why would he give that up for the Amex Stadium?

He said [Daily Mail]: “Postecoglou is now being linked with the managerial vacancy at Brighton and Hove Albion. When you’ve been involved in football for so long, there aren’t many things which come as a surprise. 

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“You learn to expect the unexpected. But I would be absolutely astonished if Postecoglou left Celtic to join Brighton. There’s no way I can see it happening.

“He’s better than that and is capable of managing at a far higher level than Brighton. I just don’t see it as a job that will get his juices flowing.

“He’s currently managing in the Champions League and has just had 60,000 fans chanting his name after a ding-dong battle with Carlo Ancelotti and the latest band of Galacticos.

“If he were to move to Brighton, he’d be playing in front of home crowds roughly half that size, with the Amex Stadium housing just over 30,000.

“The reality is that Celtic are a far bigger and better club than Brighton. Given what he’s built at Celtic, it would be absolute madness to give it up now.

“What does success look like for a club like Brighton? Mid-table mediocrity in the English Premier League? Maybe a decent cup run?”

He continued: “At Celtic, there’s no telling how far Postecoglou can take this team. After winning the league in his debut season, he will no doubt be eyeing a domestic Treble this time around.”

“In the space of just over a year, Postecoglou has taken this team from losing to Midtjylland to giving Real Madrid a run for their money.

“Not many would have thought that possible. He’s building something special at Parkhead. Celtic fans absolutely idolise him — and I feel the connection is more genuine than it was with Rodgers.

“There’s no denying Rodgers’ abilities as a manager, but he also has a huge ego. I don’t see any of that with Postecoglou.

“Right now, he’s reaching for the stars at Celtic and rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite.”

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Ange Postecoglou’s story at Celtic is far from over.

Postecoglou’s story at Celtic is far from finished, and if anything, after a brilliant first season, it is just beginning with plenty of excitement to come in the near and hopefully distant future.

After challenging himself against one of the best sides in the world last week, you would imagine the Celtic manager is keen to do so on a regular basis and put his marker down on the UEFA Champions League.

As Commons mentions, if he was to move to a club like Brighton, that wouldn’t be possible, and the best that could be achieved is a mid-table finish.

Of course, I am sure Ange Postecoglou would back himself to do an incredible job in any role, and rightfully so.

But Celtic and Ange Postecoglou feels like the perfect match, and there are plenty more good times to come under the ex-Yokohama F Marinos boss.

In other news, Impressive ticket sales in Warsaw for Celtic match as Shakhtar take Sunday flight for 3-day prep.