Chris Sutton on the reality now facing Ange Postecoglou at Celtic after "remarkable" job

By Dave Flanigan

August 4, 2022

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has reflected on the “remarkable” job that Ange Postecoglou has done so far as Bhoys boss.

The pundit was speaking before the launch of BT Sports’ new documentary Glory Hunters.

Speaking to 90 Min, Sutton said: “I thought the job Ange Postecoglou did, coming in late, was great. All the talk was about Eddie Howe but Ange came in late, which put him behind on transfers, but I don’t think any player he brought in didn’t do well.

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“He used the J League, a league which he knew very well from managing over there, really exceptionally well and the players he signed were big players for Celtic.

“He recruited well, and it’s ok coming in, as all managers do, and talk about how they’re going to play a certain brand of football which Celtic fans demand, but to actually go out and win the league following a season in which Rangers had won it by 25 points and Celtic’s squad was in a bit of disarray.

“Nobody really gave him a chance of doing that because of the gulf the previous season. I thought that was remarkable.”

Sutton also remarked on the nature of the job for a Celtic manager – that success is only ever fleeting and that the team must now go and replicate it again this season.

He said: “I always feel sorry for managers because when you win a league like that you should really to sort of wallow in the success for a few months really, but as is the norm – and I’ve experienced this myself – you have a bit of a break, you have your pre-season, and then you’re back into the bedlam where you draw a game, you lose a game, and you’re the worst thing ever again.

“That’s football in Glasgow.”

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Few are as familiar with the Glasgow goldfish bowl as Sutton is, given his association with the club and he’s clearly acutely aware of the pressures facing Postecoglou despite how successful Celtic were last season.

It’s unlikely to faze the Australian, little seems to, and Postecoglou has continually reiterated his desire for Celtic to not rest on their laurels and improve, game on game, season on season.

It bodes well for the team’s success this season that the manager isn’t getting too carried away with praise early on, there’s a very long way to go.

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