Ange Postecoglou turns to Antoine Ortega as Celtic bolster staff, says report
Ange Postecoglou has bolstered his data analysis staff with Frenchman Antoine Ortega, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.
The Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 12/01/22, p.77] states that Ortega will be brought in to assist with player recruitment and opposition analysis. Ortega formerly worked with Benfica, and has had a varied and interesting career thus far.
His own analytics page, Dunk the Data, largely focuses on the NBA. But Ortega has also studied the likes of Union Berlin [LinkedIn], and has done analytics studies on top 5 leagues including Ligue 1 and the Premier League.
His is an interesting hire. With Ange Postecoglou very much a data-focused coach, Ortega brings expertise into a department that Celtic had hoped to boost this season. Certainly, his knowledge of players in Europe means Ortega is interesting from a recruitment standpoint.
But what he makes of our domestic and European opponents will also be valuable to Ange Postecoglou, going forward.
According to the Sun, Ortega has worked as a football analyst for Smartcoach, an industry specialist in football analytics, opposition scouting and data.
It’s a forward-thinking move from Ange and the club.
Ange Postecoglou making Celtic staff moves as Antoine Ortega joins the club
Given that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou arrived with literally no help, it’s great to see him bulking up his arsenal of staff.
The likes of Gavin Strachan and Peter Houston have tended to do the bulk of data analysis. Meanwhile Jay Lefevre, formerly of Arsenal, is a top scout for the Hoops. There’s already a good bank of knowledge there.
But if Ortega can bring an extra dimension to scouting and analysis, then all the better. Football is a very simple game, sure, but if Ortega and co can find patterns and weaknesses in opposition teams, that’ll only help us. Especially on the European stage, where we’ve gone up against teams with top analysis staff figuring us out weeks in advance.
It’s progressive stuff, from a progressive manager.
Hopefully this heralds more arrivals to Ange Postecoglou’s liking. Anton McElhone, a similarly forward-thinking staff member, was brought in earlier this season. Meanwhile, Academy staff left the club towards the end of 2021, including Oliver Morgan and Greig Robertson.
Will this automatically win us the title? Of course not. But the arrival of Ortega ought to help give Ange and Celtic an edge with some expansive and well-rounded insight.