Ange Postecoglou on his recent sit down with Michael Nicholson and what it means for Celtic

By John McGinley

October 18, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has again reiterated the club’s plans to rebuild the football department after holding discussions with acting CEO Michael Nicholson.

Although Nicholson was hardly known by Celtic supporters prior Dom McKay’s departure, he’s been a key man at the club for years and indeed has had a relationship with Postecoglou since the early days of Celtic courting him for the job.

The duo took the opportunity of the recent international break to have a sit down and talk through plans to progress Celtic beyond the hunt for players in the transfer window and the appointment of Anton McElhone as the new Head of Sports Science.

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That ranged from discussing the structure of entire football department to transfer plans ahead of the January window, which is only a couple of months away.

Speaking after the victory over Motherwell, Postecoglou told The Daily Record: “Anyone who takes a bird’s-eye view of what has happened will see that there has been a major and structural rebuild on and off the pitch.

“The starting XI from 12 months ago will be almost unrecognisable to what it will be on Tuesday. But that’s the opportunity, to build something new that will be exciting for our fans and hopefully bring success to the club.

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“The break has allowed me to maybe look further ahead, which is important. You can rightly become focused on the here and now when you’ve matches twice a week. But without any games I was able to sit down with Michael Nicholson and look at what we need to do in terms of the football department. In terms of January, we started putting some plans in place.

“That’s the bit you feel uneasy about when you are in the middle of a big rebuild yet your focus needs to be on the games at hand. So having those two weeks where we could look ahead a little bit has been important.”

Clearly big changes are afoot that could change how the entire department functions at Lennoxtown.

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What’s most important is that Postecoglou is clearly heavily involved. He is definitely looking at Celtic as a long-term project and one which he will lead, even if a director of football or other senior staff members join the club.

It’s important that whatever is in place has his blessing and works with his way of managing a club. If the Postecoglou era is going to work, he needs the full backing of the board and acting CEO.

In other news, New Celtic Head of Sports Science delighted as club teams up with company endorsed by Harry Kane.