Chris Sutton wants Celtic to tie down Ange Postecoglou for compensation purposes

By John McGinley

June 5, 2022

Chris Sutton knows much of the chat around Ange Postecoglou’s contract situation is redundant but still thinks Celtic should be looking to tie the Australian down to a long-term deal.

Postecoglou is on a 12-month rolling contract at the Bhoys, effectively meaning he always has one-year left regardless of the date in the calendar.

The Celtic boss again re-iterated during the week that this is enough security for him at a club he is incredibly happy at right now. However, Sutton reckons any contract extension protects the Bhoys as much as Postecoglou.

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Writing in his Daily Record column this weekend, the former Celtic forward explained: “He’s on a well earned break after a remarkable season but there’s an easy decision to be made by the Celtic board while he’s away. There should be a new contract on the table for when he gets back.

“Look, there’s a lot made about these rolling one year deals and they can make fans a bit nervous. But it was good enough for Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers and it’s a pretty common way of working across football. I just think it would make sense for Celtic to get Postecoglou nailed down on something more long term as he is now as big an asset at the club as any player.

“You saw it with Rodgers. When he completed the invincible Treble in his first season, Peter Lawwell tied him down on a four year deal. We all know what happened about 18 months later but at least Celtic landed about £9m in compensation.”

Sutton goes on to suggest that English Premier League clubs are already sitting up and taking notice of Postecoglou after his fine debut season in Scotland. That would be no surprise.

Of course, there’s no suggestion that Postecoglou is off any time soon. Far from it in fact. He’s made it clear he’s entirely focused on the task at hand and is living his dream at the Bhoys.

One day we will way goodbye to him, so you can understand Sutton’s point. If he’s on a big long-term contract then it only allows Celtic to cash in down the line.

For now, let’s just enjoy what he has to offer the Bhoys dugout. What will be, will be on the contract front!

In other news, Report: Celtic scout Connor Barron after Ange Postecoglou is left impressed by Premiership form.