Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou responds to Paul McStay's comments on his appointment
New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has responded warmly to comments made by legendary midfielder Paul McStay.
As we discussed last week, Postecoglou got one of his best endorsements from the Bhoys legend.
McStay has spent the last decade living in Australia so knows all about the 55-year-old’s coaching achievements on that side of the world.
He said after Postecogolou was officially appointed: “What I’ve learned in my 11 years of being here and keeping an eye on the game is that he’s a winner. Wherever he goes, he seems to have that formula and structure to his teams. The way he plays brings success. That comes from him being a quality coach. But I think within him is a character who has that winning edge as well, which I think will be really important at Celtic.”
Postecoglou spoke to the official club podcast this week from a hotel in London and was asked about McStay’s comments.
The new Celtic boss said [YouTube]: “Yeah, it’s very kind of him. He’s a legend of the club. I remember him as a footballer – he was a fantastic footballer – and now he’s made a life for him in Australia.
“From my perspective, people here weren’t totally aware of who I am. On that side of the world, people are well aware of what Celtic Football Club means and what the institution means.”
Ange Postecoglou is representing many groups at Celtic
The former Australia boss continued: “There are plenty of Celtic fan clubs in and around Australia – I’m sure they will take pride that one of theirs will be leading the club.
“People this side of the world in Europe underestimate just how popular and well known a club like Celtic is. I take great pride in that. I’m a proud Australian and a proud Greek. I’ve had tremendous support from all over the globe and hopefully I do them proud.”
It goes without saying Postecoglou will be a trailblazer for Australian coaches in Europe. If he succeeds at Celtic it could lead to more opportunities for his compatriots over here.
His Greek and Australian heritage are obviously of great importance to the new manager, but beyond that even, Postecoglou is representing different groups within football.
He’ll also be an ambassador for a bold, aggressive and attacking style of football at Celtic – without compromise. He’s also flying the flag for the J-League after a successful stint in Japan.
His spell in Glagsow is even an advert for coaches emerging from the global City Football Group.
Most importantly though it’s about Celtic. If he can delight the supporters, all the rest will follow.