Ange identifies the one historical Celtic player he would love to have in today's team

By David Walton

May 11, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has stated that Jimmy Johnstone is the one historical Celtic player he would love to have in today’s team.

Jinky, widely considered the greatest ever Celtic player, became a Hoops legend under Jock Stein. Making his debut in 1963, Johnstone would go on to dominate Scotland and Europe under Jock before his departure in 1975.

To this day his quality and achievements are world-famous as he holds a special place in the hearts of every Celtic supporter. And Ange couldn’t resist choosing him when asked which Celtic player of the past he would love to have in today’s team:

Football may have changed considerably since the 60s and 70s, but Johnstone would still be a sight to behold in this current Celtic team.

He’s a player that played with such flair and high intensity himself. It would be fascinating to have seen him operate in today’s game and under the current boss.

Jinky sadly passed away in 2006 aged 61, but to this day is still recognised as one of the biggest Celtic icons of all time.

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Historical Celtic players that would’ve loved playing in Ange’s system

So Ange would’ve gone for Jimmy, but there are probably so many of our historical heroes that would’ve loved playing in the current system.

Celtic has always been a club associated with fast, attacking football. Playing at a high intensity is what this club is all about, and the current manager typifies that. Think of some of the goalscorers of our past who would’ve thrived with the chances we create nowadays.

Jimmy McGrory, Kenny Dalglish, Henrik Larsson – players who hold goal records such as these Celtic heroes would surely have thrived in our current side with the service being provided for the front-men.

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Granted, playing with the ball at the back wouldn’t have suited many of our former centre-backs, particularly when you go back to the 60s during Jinky’s era.

Regardless, the current players are certainly doing the club proud. Following in the footsteps of Jinky’s Lisbon Lions will always be an impossible feat, but making a mark in Europe has to be what we’re all about next year.

And just as the Celtic players will be looking to emulate Hoops greats of yesteryear, so too will Ange as he looks to follow in the footsteps of managerial legends before him.

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