Celtic have been on the PR offensive with new manager Ange Postecoglou, and rightly so.
Even his most ardent defenders would admit he’s a little known name in Scotland. There’s as much mystery and intrigue about this Celtic appointment as any that have gone before. Some would call it risk.
The club simply have to be proactive in educating the support on his credentials.
The official website has tapped up multiple players to give their support to the new era over the last 24 hours. But Postecoglou has just received his best endorsement yet, from bonafide Celtic legend Paul McStay.
Now, I have to admit my bias here. McStay was my first Celtic hero. What he says goes in my book. If he told me the sky was green I’d become a believer. I’m not going to apologise for that, but yeah, full disclosure!
McStay is a believer in Postecoglou
However, the former midfielder has also spent the last 11 years living in Australia. As someone who has a knowledge of Postecoglou, as well as someone who fully understands the highs, lows, delights and pressures that come with Celtic, McStay is better placed than most to offer his opinion.
Speaking to CelticFC.com, he said: “The people I talk to in the football world here feel Ange is a top coach and it’s a move he deserves after all the success he’s had in Australia, Japan and with the national team.
“Everyone’s delighted his success has been recognised by a top club in Europe. The football community here are excited by the prospect of Ange working at Celtic and the prospect of it raising the profile of Australian football in the eyes of Europe. I’ve been here for 11 years now. Ange is a name aligned with quality coaching and success here and in Asia.
“What I’ve learned in my 11 years of being here and keeping an eye on the game is that he’s a winner. Wherever he goes, he seems to have that formula and structure to his teams, and the way he plays brings success. That comes from him being a quality coach. But I think within him is a character who has that winning edge as well, which I think will be really important at Celtic.”
The personality and character of Postecoglou is something we’ve yet to truly experience. However, he definitely seems to be of the stock that can get fans on his side.
Ange Postecoglou has been waiting for an opportunity like Celtic
McStay also fully admits European football will be a step up for the 55-year-old. However, the Celtic great reckons it’s an opportunity earned and that Postecogolou fully has the ability to succeed.
He continued: “What he’s proved is he has that experience and expertise and the mental strength to go and win things over in Europe. It’s what he’s been waiting for – that opportunity to go and show he can do it in Europe as well.
“He has that opportunity now. Whether you’re a player or a coach, sometimes you need someone to believe in you, look at what you’ve done in your career so far and give you that opportunity to move up a level. He has that now and when he flies to Europe he’ll not lose his coaching knowledge and expertise. It’s just a matter of taking it up and level and maybe working with better players, and he’s got the capability to do that.”
So while your average social media ranter may be upset with Postecoglou’s appointment, as is their right, take comfort in the fact that the Maestro himself, Paul McStay, is in Ange’s corner ahead of a massive season.
Until we start to see the results and football on offer in the new era, that’s good enough for me. It’s silly to make predictions of course. But there’s nothing wrong with having hope.