Ange Postecoglou speaks out on controversial Celtic appointment

By John McGinley

December 29, 2021

Celtic CEO Michael Nicholson has gained a credibility boost today after he received huge public backing from popular manager Ange Postecoglou in the media.

Nicholson was confirmed as the club’s permanent CEO after an interim spell earlier this month. But the news didn’t exactly go down well with many in the Celtic support.

In fact, the appointment was panned online as supporters shared their disappointment that the club didn’t embark on an extensive recruitment campaign, instead just giving the job to someone internally.

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Ange Postecoglou speaks out on Celtic CEO

However, if anyone can sell Nicholson to the support, it’s Postecoglou. The Australian has already become something of a cult hero with fans, not just for his management but for the way he conducts himself in the media.

Now, the Celtic manager is hardly going to publicly criticise his boss, but the hearty and convincing way he’s spoken about Nicholson today is a positive sign that things are moving in the right direction at the club.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Postecoglou said: “I don’t want to speak on Michael’s behalf, but when he needs to be, he’s got real firm views on what is best for this club. And he won’t be shy in saying them — but I think the main thing about anyone in a key role is just to be yourself. Be authentic.

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“That’s what Michael is. He loves this club, he wants the best for it. He’s been here quite a while, he’s seen success, he worked through the challenges of last year, so he’s seen the full spectrum and that experience is brilliant for him. But Michael is his own man and will do it his way.”

The Bhoys boss goes on to say he’s felt a “synergy” with Nicholson ever since he arrived from Japan, indicating he’s felt more comfortable working with the new CEO than anyone else at Celtic.

I don’t recall this kind of special praise for former chief executive Dom McKay, which perhaps tells its own story about the last six months at the club.

As always, the proof will be in actions not words and Nicholson has plenty to prove at Celtic. He could start by addressing the support for a start and layout his five-year vision of the club, as is supposed to be the board’s remit.

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