Chris Sutton delivers Ange Postecoglou to Celtic verdict

By John McGinley

June 7, 2021

Former Celtic favourite Chris Sutton has hit out at the over-the-top reaction to the imminent Ange Postecoglou appointment at the club.

The 55-year-old is said to be on his way to Glasgow this week to sign as our new permanent manager.

Postecoglou has been completely written off by more than a few people. Some Celtic fans are certainly in that corner if you take a look at social media and message boards.

Rangers supporters meanwhile seem to think this is the latest evidence of a Celtic crisis.

For Sutton, that’s far too harsh.

However, the outspoken pundit does admit that the Greek-Australian is walking into an almost impossible situation.

Writing in his Daily Record column this weekend, he said: “Rangers supporters are having a right laugh about the situation and they are already writing off Ange Postecoglou as an Aussie Pedro Caixinha. I don’t think that’s fair.

“You can see the comparisons in that – like Caixinha – Postecoglou has a big personality, is not afraid of conflict and has had some success in non-traditional footballing areas.

“But it would be extremely harsh to completely dismiss him before he even gets in the door I actually feel sorry for the guy. He’s walking in to a Mission Impossible job right now.”

Chris Sutton concerned about Celtic rather than Postecoglou

Sutton seems more concerned about the overall situation at the club right now than the decision to bring in Postecoglou. That includes the lack of a clear footballing structure.

He would continue: “Now Howe is out and the director of football role is up in the air again. It’s a sorry state of affairs and Postecoglou is the one who’s going to have to pick up the pieces.

“He’s on to a hiding to nothing. At the moment there are players who are heading out of the door and no idea of who is coming in. There are huge questions to be asked about Postecoglou’s own backroom team.”

The Celtic board look to have chosen Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

It’s natural to have misgivings about Postecoglou. I don’t think there’s a Celtic supporter in the land who would have wanted him in the job this time two weeks ago.

However, he’s the hand we’ve been dealt by the club. As Sutton says, it’s too harsh to completely write him off from the start.

We’re going to have to get behind this guy and his team. The alternative will only make the situation worse.

In other news, Arsenal fans are gutted to have missed out on Celtic deal.