Ange Postecoglou did his coaching badges with Albert Kidd; glowing verdict from Celtic '86 icon
Celtic supporters everywhere know the name Albert Kidd – Ange Postecoglou does too.
Kidd is synonymous with the club’s dramatic Scottish title win back in 1986. His two goals at Dens Park for Dundee sunk Hearts and allowed Celtic to snatch a championship on the final day, thanks to a storming win at Love Street against St Mirren.
For fans of a certain vintage, it was one of the finest days ever following the club. They don’t let you forget it either. The events literally left Hearts supporters in tears.
Even legendary comedian Billy Connolly was famously star-struck after a chance meeting with him in Adelaide, Australia.
Kidd is based over there now and knows all about new manager Ange Postecoglou. They even did coaching badges together at the Institute of Canberra many years ago. The ’86 icon reckons he can be a success in Scotland.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail [20/06 print edition, page 57], he said: “There’s a degree of negativity about it with Celtic fans because they didn’t have a clue who the bloke was. And did I expect Ange to coach Celtic at any time? Honestly, no. But his success as manager is quite exceptional. He always had ambitions to work in Europe at a high level.
“Celtic need someone with a firm hand, massive knowledge and a big character. That’s him. He holds himself well on the touchline but, behind that, there’s a bit of nastiness and a toughness. That’s what you need coaching a Glasgow giant. No one will pull the wool over his eyes.
“This is a guy who’ll be fully committed to the cause, unlike Eddie Howe. I wouldn’t have a clue what Howe would’ve been capable of but I got the impression he wanted an each-way bet.
“Ange plays very attractive football that Celtic punters will enjoy. It will take a wee while to get that working, but this is his chance. And the more I think about it, the more I think that he will be successful.”
Albert Kidd is right – Postecoglou is all-in on Celtic
What can’t be doubted about Postecoglou is his commitment to Celtic right now. This is the biggest job in his career by far. He’s representing various groups from around the world and will be incredibly determined to bring success and do them proud.
This is as high-profile an appointment for him in his homeland as it gets.
We’re obviously yet to see how it all works out. Plenty of Celtic supporters have their doubts he can do the business.
However, he will bring passion and hard work to the role. We must respond with fairness and support of our own.
Who knows – perhaps even some of the Albert Kidd magic has rubbed off on him?