Stunned Chris Sutton reckons things are about to get even better at Celtic
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has hailed Ange Postecoglou for the ‘remarkable’ turnaround he has produced at the club.
The Hoops put themselves within touching distance of lifting the Premiership title, drawing 1-1 with Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Like many fans, Sutton wouldn’t have expected to be in this position after undergoing a huge rebuild in the summer and making a stuttering start to the campaign.
Making 12 signings in the summer window and under new management, it seemed like this Celtic side might need some time to gel before making a push to win any competitions.
However, since September, Postecoglou’s side has kicked on and produced a brilliant title charge that puts them six points ahead going into the season’s final three games.
Writing in his column for the Daily Record, Sutton praised Postecoglou for his effect in the transfer market and the ‘incredible’ journey his team have been on over the past 12 months.
The Englishman also stated his excitement at what is to come under the former Socceroos boss once his team has a full pre-season under their belts.
He said: “This has been an incredible journey under Postecoglou. Twelve months ago, Rangers strolled past their ragged rivals. It was 4-1 at Ibrox and a complete spanking. Celtic looked years behind. A 25 point winning margin was just proof there was a gulf between the teams.
“It would have been hard for any manager to get from that stage to this, but when you consider what Postecoglou had to come through, it makes it all the more remarkable. Rangers managed to keep their squad intact while Celtic had to build an entirely new one.
“To be six points ahead with three games to go – with a huge goal difference – is nothing short of remarkable. Postecoglou’s signings have all played their part, and you look at yesterday’s lineup, which included eight new arrivals.
“Celtic have been exceptional for long spells over this campaign, and they deserve to be top of the league with one hand on the trophy. The exciting thing for Celtic fans is this is just the start of Postecoglou’s journey, and I think there are still improvements to come in the summer.”
Still more to come for Celtic under Postecoglou, which is an exciting prospect for fans
Sutton is absolutely correct in the statement he makes at the end – the fact that Postecoglou has produced this sort of season in his first 12 months in charge bodes well for the future.
After his arrival, everything felt very rushed for Celtic, whether that be pre-season or the signings made during the summer window.
However, Postecoglou still showed his quality as a manager building his side up to become title challengers once again.
You can only imagine what the 56-year old will be able to produce with a third transfer window and more time to work with the players in pre-season.
It is undoubtedly an exciting time to be a Celtic supporter, and long may it continue.
In other news, every winner at Sunday night’s Celtic Player Of The Year awards event; Ange wins at PFA.