Ange Postecoglou picks the two Celtic legends who'd thrive in his system

By Euan Davidson

March 11, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has identified the two Hoops legends that’d suit his style of football – and he’s picked two absolute belters.

Jimmy ‘Jinky’ Johnstone and Kenny Dalglish were Ange’s picks for his current Celtic team, and honestly, can you argue?

Dalglish, of course, was a hero of Ange’s growing up. The Celtic manager said he had posters of the Bhoys, Liverpool and Scotland icon on his wall during his youth in Melbourne. Johnstone, meanwhile, was voted as Celtic’s best-ever player by fans in 2002 [BBC]. He was the subject of a film made by Jamie Doran, and narrated by Billy Connolly, called ‘Lord of the Wing’ [IMDb].

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Answering supporters’ questions, Ange Postecoglou said [Celtic FC]: “I love a winger so it’d have to be Jimmy Johnstone, mate.

“I’d sneak in Kenny Dalglish, as well. Both guys who I reckon could do well in my system!”

In a wide-ranging Q&A session, the Celtic boss said he’d not tried Haggis or Irn Bru yet, but named his appointment and his first European night as his best experiences at Parkhead yet.

That is, until he can build a time-machine, and bring peak Jinky and Dalglish to play alongside Callum McGregor, Kyogo Furuhashi and co.

Ange also joked that he invented the inverted full-back role, because he was a frustrated right back who hated being on the touchline.

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In fairness, who could argue with that?

Seeing Jimmy Johnstone weave past defenders would be incredibly entertaining in any era of football. He’d be an absolute sensation these days, too, with his agility, fantastic tenacity and ability to bamboozle defenders.

As for Kenny Dalglish? Celtic would be scoring double-figures in games, let’s be honest. Trying to imagine him working off the likes of Daizen Maeda or Kyogo Furuhashi, with the service of wingers like Jota and Abada? It’s fantasy stuff, it really is.

Thrillingly for the Celtic manager, Kenny Dalglish likes Ange Postecoglou in return. The goal-scoring legend particularly enjoyed one of Ange’s interviews.

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As a huge fan of wingers, Ange Postecoglou is just like the Celtic supporters. We love wide players, guys who can take on their man, has a trick or two up their sleeve, and gets people off their seats. That’s always been the way, and it always will be.

For fans of a younger generation, Henrik Larsson’s omission might be shocking. After all, it’s very tempting to daydream about what he could have done with the creative players Celtic have now, and the changes in defending since his pomp.

Still, very good answer, Ange.

But you’d expect nothing less, would you?

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