Ange's adversary from famous interview implores Celtic to do one key thing

By Euan Davidson

December 22, 2021

Craig Foster, who went to war with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou in a famous Australian interview, has backed his former media adversary and told the Hoops to sew up a new contract.

Foster and Postecoglou clashed on The World Game in 2007 [YouTube], after Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos U20s failed to make the U20 World Cup. The heated exchange of views left Postecoglou, in his words, “unemployable” [Daily Mail].

After some self-reflection, Postecoglou would go on to have an amazing career. He broke records with Brisbane Roar, got a job leading the Socceroos senior side, won an Asian Cup, and sealed entry to two World Cups.

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Then he went to Japan and won the J League with Yokohama F Marinos. So much has happened since that interview, then. And it’s recent progress with Celtic, and Ange Postecoglou flying the Australian flag for managers abroad, that’s impressed Foster.

Speaking to Mark Bosnich on Stan Sport FC, Foster said: “I think they should [extend his contract]. I mean he’s turned them around hasn’t he? Last season they were horrible.

“And that’s why Ange gets an opportunity. Sometimes coaches walk into an environment that’s in some ways difficult. It was clear from the start that the transfer business wasn’t great. So he was able to bring in a couple of key players and he did very well there.

“I was looking at both the football and a lot of the work that was coming out of it, a lot of the data. And it really said that their football was miles ahead of what it was last season, that’s for sure.

“Let’s hope that Ange can go on and get the title this year. But also it’s about getting into Europe and next year trying to make a real statement there, that would be fantastic.”

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Ange Postecoglou is making a mark for Australian coaches with Celtic success

Yes, he’s “only” won a Premier Sports Cup just now. But that’s one trophy from one in terms of what’s available to him.

And, as both Celtic and Rangers fans know, the morale boost from sealing silverware early can be a momentum builder for the rest of the season. It’s a very solid foundation, after an admittedly, and entirely reasonably, difficult start to life in Glasgow.

It’s great to see the coverage Celtic are getting in other markets, due to Ange Postecoglou and his popularity. He deserves it, too. Not only is he an interesting manager, with a clear approach and unique determination, he’s an interesting person.

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He’s raised the bar for media obligations already, just by being himself.

His former sparring partner Craig Foster seems suitably impressed, as does Mark Bosnich, a Premier League goalkeeper in his time.

So, yes; at the moment, extending his 12-month rolling contract seems the right thing to do. However, it’s probably best to wait until after the January break, see how the squad’s looking, and how competitive we can be in the three other competitions. The Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Europa Conference League are all achievable.

Celtic are building a growing audience in Australia, when the support for the Hoops was substantial there anyway. As for manager Ange Postecoglou, he’s making us a global story, and winning over doubters from Shetland to Tasmania.

It seems unlikely Foster and Postecoglou will ever fight on live TV again. Although, truly, you never know.

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