Celtic hero Chris Sutton says Postecoglou is already in an "impossible position"

By Euan Davidson

July 3, 2021

Celtic, according to Chris Sutton, have put Ange Postecoglou in an “impossible position”, and he won’t be to blame if we don’t make the Champions League.

Yep: Celtic hero Chris Sutton [Daily Record] has written another explosive assessment of the club’s summer. According to Sutton, the “shambolic” hunt for Eddie Howe has left Celtic scrambling around for ideas. He wrote that the club have left themselves ill-prepared for the Champions League qualifiers, and that the manager needs to make tough decisions.

Primarily because Celtic haven’t done that for him.

Writing in his column for the Daily Record, Sutton said:

“Postecoglou has spoken really well so far and he’s making all the right noises.

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“But let’s be honest, given the shambolic situation brought about by the board’s Eddie Howe chase and the late appointment of the Aussie, he has been put into an impossible position.

“If Celtic go out to Midtjylland, it won’t be down to Postecoglou – it will be down to the fact the club have left him desperately short of time and short of playing options.

“The gaffer is going to have to galvanise everyone around and try somehow to eek results out of the squad he’s got at his disposal with a short time span to get all his ideas across.”

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This seems like pretty incendiary stuff. There’s been an air of positivity around Celtic just now, particularly regarding the new boss. Postecoglou already has fans onside; the reaction to his training video on Twitter speaks for itself [Celtic FC].

Ange Postecoglou after winning the 2015 Asian Cup with Australia / (Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Sutton, unfortunately, is right on this one though. There are still fundamental issues with the running of the club, and Postecoglou has been left with a significantly unenviable task.

Despite all the talent in the squad, there’s significant uncertainty about some of our key players. Edouard, our top scorer last season, may hang around, he might not. Kristoffer Ajer definitely wants to leave, and Ryan Christie, a key player in seasons prior, is a free agent in January 2022.

None of those things are good. The departures of all three would make the first-team significantly weaker in the short term, with no obvious replacements through the door yet.

It would be a surprise, or even a minor miracle, if Postecoglou is able to negotiate Celtic past a tough FC Midtjylland side. But the Celtic boss has made a living from proving people wrong.

The first to applaud him, if he manages to do it again, will be Chris Sutton.

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