Dominic McKay has spoken to the Celtic supporters for the first time in an interview discussing the announcement of Ange Postecoglou.
Postecoglou was this morning confirmed as the new Parkhead manager. The Greek-Australian leaves Yokohama F.Marinos having won the J-League title back in 2019. He arrives in Glasgow with a track record of success.
Of course, with that comes doubt given he’s yet to manage in a European top-flight. It’s also a first for Celtic as he becomes the club’s only Australian manager to date. But many will be asking what it was about Postecoglou that attracted Celtic to his appointment.
McKay has moved to answer those questions as he discussed his one-to-ones with the new man.
“I wanted a winner”
Speaking via Celtic TV, McKay said: “Ange is an outstanding leader and an outstanding manager. In all of my discussions with him to date, I’ve been really impressed by his enthusiasm for Celtic, his keenness to work with me to help modernise and develop both the football structures and non-footballing structures to make sure that we are the successful club we need to be for the generation ahead.
“His experience at international level having taken Australia to World Cups – hugely impressive. His experience of winning – both in Australia and Japan – massively impressive. So I’m really excited about securing a winner and securing someone that really wants to drive forward the club in a way that everyone I think will be really proud about.
“We have a shared vision, and that was really important to me. To make sure we could have a new manager that bought into the modernising, evolution, and development of the club. In terms of his style of play, I think he will excite the fans. In terms of his communication, I think he’ll be great in terms of engaging with the supporters. And importantly his philosophy, which is born out of experience at international level but also in winning competitions.
“I wanted a winner, and I’m delighted we’ve managed to secure Ange.”
Dominic McKay gives Ange Postecoglou a big reputation to live up to
As expected, Dominic McKay has only added to Postecoglou’s reputation here. He’s being painted as an out-and-out winner, but history would suggest that is anything but a lie.
Postecoglou’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed by Celtic. A born and bred winner suggests the club is looking for an instant response to last season’s title loss. Nevermind the prospect of three to five-year projects. We’re on a one-year project and it involves getting our title back.
If he manages to do that, the appointment will be deemed an absolutely monumental success. If he doesn’t question marks will be asked. But what we need to do as Celtic supporters is to ensure we don’t press the panic button too soon.
It does Postecoglou no favours if we’re looking for reasons to doubt him. You can bet the media will be looking to do that from the moment he drops his first points in the league. From the moment we fail to win a single game. As his backers, it’s down to us to stick by him for as long as he deserves it.
What is promising is that both Postecoglou and McKay are clearly on the same page. Given they’ve been involved in detailed discussions, you have to imagine there’s a connection there and an understanding of what this rebuild requires. Postecoglou will know a hefty amount of players need to come in the door. Hopefully their promising talks means that McKay believes the exact same.
It’s going to be a wild ride, but one that we’re all ready for. Time to step into the unknown.