Australian legend Tim Cahill makes Ange Postecoglou Celtic prediction
Australian legend Tim Cahill believes that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will have aspirations of working in the English Premier League one day.
However, the former Everton man also thinks that the ex-Socceroos boss might want to see out his project at Celtic before considering a move.
After a successful first 12 months in the Parkhead dugout, Postecoglou appears to already be attracting interest from south of the border.
The departure of Brighton boss Graham Potter led to speculation suggesting that the English Premier League side might consider the 57-year-old as an option.
However, Postecoglou has remained insistent that his only managerial focus remains on Celtic, and the south-coast side went on to appoint former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi.
One man that knows the Hoops boss well from his time at the Socceroos is Aussie legend Tim Cahill, who turned out over 100 times for his nation.
Speaking in an interview during the country’s football anniversary celebrations, Cahill provided his opinions on the recent rumours surrounding Postecoglou.
Like any manager across the globe, the 40-year believes that one day the man currently in the Parkhead dugout will have aspirations of potentially managing in the world’s biggest league.
However, Cahill is well-aware that Postecoglou likes to complete his projects before moving on and stated that Ange might be keen to do exactly that at a big club like Celtic.
The ex-Socceroos internationalist also believes that Postecoglou is on a ‘different level’ to former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, who Postecoglou briefly came across during the early stages of his Celtic reign, in comparison to their style of football.
He said [Sydney Morning Herald]: “If there’s interest now, that means there’s interest later.
“He’s someone that will probably have aspirations of coaching in one of the biggest leagues in the world. But at the same time, he likes to see out projects.
“There’s always going to be question marks asked about jumping to the next level, and it’s just about whether he feels ready to leave one of the biggest clubs in Scotland.
“You see, with [Aston Villa manager] Steven Gerrard at Rangers, it’s sort of like a copy and paste – except Ange is on a different level when it comes to the way that he plays.
“That next step will be about making the right decision … you look for longevity, and in football, there’s no guarantee, and to reset up and go again, it’s going to be difficult, but a challenge that every coach, I suppose, looks to.”
English Premier League interest is bound to come; at Celtic we have learned this
At Celtic, it has become expected in recent years should you put in consistent top performances, whether you are a player or manager, there is bound to be interest from the English Premier League.
Already, we are starting to see rumblings of that, with the media trying to stir up potential rumours of Ange heading south of the border.
However, the Celtic manager has been quick to shut down any suggestions of that to the media and is fully concentrated on the job at hand.
As Celtic fans, we aren’t so naive to say that Ange won’t one day consider a move to England. But, at this early stage, I certainly don’t think there is much chance of his departure.
Of course, that could be famous last words. However, with his side currently playing fantastic football and competing in the Champions League, why would you want to leave just 15 months into his rebuilding job?
As Cahill mentions, Postecoglou is fond of completing a project, and this Celtic project is only just getting started. So, hopefully, we still have another few years of Ange at the helm before a move is seriously considered.