EFL talent believes Harry Kewell could help take Ange's Celtic "to the next level"
Oldham Athletic midfielder Davis Keillor-Dunn has stated that his former coach Harry Kewell could be what’s needed to take Celtic to the next level.
Sky Sports reported last week that Kewell was set to be appointed as a coach at Parkhead. It comes with the Australian legend out of work since leaving Barnet back in September 2021. However, before his time with the National League club, Kewell was the manager of Keillor-Dunn’s Oldham.
Indeed, Kewell has managed Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham, and Barnet in his short 5-year managerial career. But it’s clear he’s on the lookout for his next big challenge, and that could be offered to him by Ange.
And Keillor-Dunn is hugely excited at the prospect of how the appointment of the Liverpool hero would affect the Hoops. As quoted by the Celtic Way, the Englishman said: “I can really understand why Harry is going into Celtic as he is the kind of guy who can take the club to the next level in Europe. He knows what that arena is all about. He knows the level and the standard required to compete at the Champions League level.
“Harry will take to Celtic like a duck to water. I watched them a few times last season and I just feel he is a perfect fit for that club. Celtic are relentless going forward and they are continually creating chances. I have watched the boy Jota a few times too and once he gets to work with a player like that he can take him to the next level. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise me to see a quick turnaround in terms of the wide and attacking players’ performances and goals ratio as soon as Harry steps in the door at Celtic.
“I’m delighted for Harry that he has got this opportunity at such a big club as Celtic and that he can now show his management and coaching skills. I really do think that this is the perfect fit for both parties. That’s why I think Harry possesses that edge over other first-team coaches or assistants that Celtic could have looked to bring in. I would certainly trust and back Harry to take Celtic to that next level. I genuinely believe that Harry can push Celtic on as a club.”
Harry Kewell could add top-level experience to Celtic coaching staff
One of the key things missing from the Celtic coaching staff at the moment is that experience at the highest level of the game. Sure, John Kennedy played with Celtic and Ange has managed at a World Cup for Australia. But when it comes to the top level of European football? We aren’t brimming with experience.
Kewell, meanwhile, won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005 and was a runner up during the 2006/07 season. Not to mention he also played for Leeds and made a big impact in the EPL. It’s clear the standards he has and what he can offer.
Granted, from the outside we do have a tendency to think that top-level playing experience should lead to big results in a coaching capacity. Only those that work within a club like Celtic can tell you how useful experience like Kewell’s actually is.
It seems as though Ange believes it’s something that’s going to benefit Celtic in the long-run in any case. And it would also be a boost for the supporters to see the manager add one of his own contacts to the backroom team.
You can’t look at Kewell’s managerial track record and use it to judge his coaching abilities. Being a first-team coach is a lot different from that of a number 1. It might just be more suited to Kewell’s traits when it comes to developing players.
At this stage, the Celtic support will trust Ange with absolutely everything and rightly so. Adding a former player with the calibre of Kewell into the mix won’t do anything other than boost the confidence levels amongst the fanbase.