Celtic boss produces brilliant response to Harry Kewell question

By Lewis Laird

September 21, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has had a busy time during his first 24 hours back in his homeland of Australia for the first time in three years.

The 57-year-old headed down under on Monday morning, joining Celtic club officials to discuss the upcoming Sydney Super Cup taking place in November.

Of course, with Postecoglou’s history as the country’s national team boss, it is bound to be a huge spectacle, and the tournament has been nicknamed ‘Ange’s homecoming’.

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Ange isn’t the only Aussie native who will be returning down under, though.

The newest addition to Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff, Harry Kewell, is likely to be a huge hit, with the former Liverpool and Leeds man being regarded as a legend in his country.

With Ange spending the next few days in Australia, as expected, the ex-Yokohama F Marinos man has been taking part in several interviews with the press.

One of the questions that arose during an interview with Optus Sport was what the experience had been like to work with Champions League winner Harry Kewell.

As ever, Ange Postecoglou was sharp in his response, joking that it was, in fact, Kewell who was working alongside HIM rather than the other way around.

The Celtic boss went on to open up on how important he believes it is to provide Australian coaches, such as Kewell, with an opportunity.

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When asked what it was like to work with Harry Kewell, Ange joked [Optus Sport]: “Yeah, he’s actually working with me.

“No, Harry’s been great. Obviously, wherever I have travelled throughout my career, whether that’s Australia or overseas, I’ve kind of tried to open up a little bit of a pathway and give opportunities to other guys who I feel may be getting denied that opportunity.

“Irrespective of if I’ve had an association with them. Particularly in coaching, Australian coaches probably aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds, particularly in overseas markets. So, I’ve tried wherever I’ve been open up as many doors as I can for them.”

Ange quick to remind media who is in charge at Celtic; but Kewell appointment looks likes good business

Whilst Kewell may be regarded as a legend back in his homeland, there is no sentimental touch from Ange Postecoglou, who was quick to remind the media who is in charge at Parkhead.

Of course, the Celtic boss was only showing his lighter side in this interview, and he appears to be more at ease, discussing life in Glasgow back over in Australia.

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It was interesting to see the former Socceroos boss make a switch-up within his backroom staff this summer. However, with the experience Kewell had as a player, the move made complete sense.

Clearly, Ange is keen to see as many Aussie coaches succeed as possible, and he once again showed that in the appointment of Harry Kewell.

Although some may have questioned the decision at first, I have no doubts that if Postecoglou didn’t feel the former English Premier League winger wasn’t up to the job, then he wouldn’t have appointed him in the first place.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou delivers class Celtic statement speaking to Australian media.