Celtic coach gets rave reviews for commentary debut in homeland

By Lewis Laird

November 23, 2022

Celtic coach Harry Kewell has received rave reviews back in his homeland after his commentary debut at the World Cup on Tuesday evening.

The former Champions League winner has had a busy old season at Parkhead since his arrival to join Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff in the summer.

The 44-year-old has previous experience as a manager. But joining Celtic has seen him step into the assistant-coaching role for the first time.

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And it has been quite the few months for the Australian, having helped Celtic to a brilliant start domestically and also coaching the Bhoys in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

On several occasions, Kewell has spoken out about his enjoyment of working under Postecoglou, with the former Socceroos boss impressing behind closed doors.

With domestic club action currently halted during the 2022 winter World Cup, Kewell has taken the decision to head over to Qatar and watch his nation in action.

However, he isn’t just there as a supporter. Kewell was also making his commentary debut, performing co-commentary duties for major Australian broadcaster SBS.

The Celtic coach watched on as his nation took the lead against current World champions France before letting their lead slip and eventually losing out 4-1 to open up the group.

Having picked up 56 caps for Australia during his time as a player, Kewell is well-respected back in his homeland, and that is evident by the reaction to his views of the game.

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Harry Kewell proves to be a hit on co-comms as Celtic coach receives praise from his homeland.

Several Australian journalists took to Twitter to react to Kewell’s co-commentary during and after the game, as he received praise for his insight and reactions to the defeat.

@Sachk0 insisted that Kewell’s performance in commentary was the best of the day, stating: “The best performance of the day? Harry Kewell. Absolutely superb on the mic. No bull****. Said it how he sees it + great insight.”

ABC Sports digital content producer @Evan_M_G was enjoying Kewell’s reactions as a supporter of his nation, stating: “Actually loving Harry Kewell’s inability not to react like he’s watching it at the pub, groaning directly into the mic after that mitch duke shot, great vibes

AFL journalist @RileyBev followed by saying: “Really liked Harry Kewell on comms. Very insightful throughout and a clear, audible disdain for Graham Arnold’s football.”

Finally, senior media advisor Robert Grasso was left impressed with what the Celtic assistant had to say: “Really impressed with @HarryKewell commentary and breakdown of the match this morning. Absolutely spot on reading the game.

In the aftermath of the loss, Australian media outlet The Sporting News even produced an article of the praise that Harry Kewell was receiving throughout the evening.

It was certainly great recognition for the former Liverpool and Leeds man, who has kicked off his first set of media duties out in Qatar.

Receiving high praise for his insight into the game can only be a good thing for Celtic, and it is a small sign of the positive coaching aspects he will be bringing to Lennoxtown.

Recently, Hoops frontman Daizen Maeda was full of praise for the former Socceroo international, calling him one of the best coaches he has worked under.

Long may that impact continue, and hopefully, we are able to see Kewell provide more great insight at the tournament this winter.

In other news, Celtic set for double Wednesday World Cup showing.