Bodo/Glimt manager offers lavish praise for Celtic boss Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

February 23, 2022

Kjetil Knutsen is a big fan of what Ange Postecoglou is doing at Celtic, with his Bodo/Glimt side hosting the Bhoys tomorrow night.

The Hoops have travelled to the Arctic Circle to face the Norwegian Champions, and ahead of the match, Knutsen was keen to offer some lavish praise for the Celtic manager. The Bodo/Glimt boss believes that he and Postecoglou share a similar outlook on football.

Not only that, he reckons Celtic will be a “very good” European side under Postecoglou, too. The Bhoys have shown promise in the Europa League this season, amassing 9 points from a group including Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis, both strong sides in the Bundesliga and La Liga respectively.

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However, defensive frailties, including against Bodo/Glimt themselves in the Europa Conference League, have been an ongoing issue. There is, though, the sense that in campaigns to come, the Celtic players will be better equipped to handle what Europe has to offer, as well as being able to compete on all fronts domestically.

Before tomorrow night’s meeting, Knutsen said [Sun]:

“The manager has done a great job with the team. What for me is the most interesting is how they play football. Celtic’s DNA I really think is similar to Bodo/Glimt.

“He’s new in the job. He needs time. If you ask me, I have watched a lot of games and I really felt they have taken a lot of steps in the last couple of months.  

“I think he and his team will be a very good team in Europe in the future.”

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Is Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen buttering up Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou before vital European clash?

You could call this mind games if you want. However, Kjetil Knutsen seems like a straight shooter, and his team are the one with the 3-1 aggregate lead. There’s no real need to try to unsettle Celtic with lavish praise, or try to introduce some complacency.

It wouldn’t work, in the context. So, this seems genuine.

And we’re quite happy to hear it, that being the case. There is real excitement about Celtic under Ange Postecoglou. In the past, we’d really only think about domestic competition, winning everything, and trying to maintain dominance domestically. Nothing wrong with that necessarily, but there seems to be more long-term thinking and strategy under Ange Postecoglou.

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Not only that, the manager is desperate to make his mark in European competition. If he can win something, or even have Celtic thread together a deep run in Europe, he would be remembered in the East End of Glasgow for generations after he’s left.

The esteem Martin O’Neill is held in points to that. Ange wants to be in the Mount Rushmore of great Celtic managers. Making a dent on the European scene is integral to doing just that.

So, it’s likely Ange will have readily received these words from Knutsen. However, he won’t be dwelling on them for now; there’s business to attend to in the Arctic Circle, against Knusten’s fast-paced, entertaining Bodo/Glimt side.

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