Former Celtic hero Scott McDonald has continued his bright start to life in management.
McDonald is the manager of National Premier Leagues Queensland side Gold Coast Knights. He has been in the role for just over two years and now has four trophy wins to his name, including three this season alone.
Knights completed their incredible campaign over the weekend — becoming the first side to win the newly-created ‘Queensland treble’. That success comprised of the regular NPL season title, the end-of-season playoffs and the inaugural Pro Series.
McDonald’s side also reached the last 16 of the Australia Cup and lost just three matches all season.
The Australian football league system is even stranger than Scotland’s. Despite all of McDonald and Knights’ success this season, they will be playing at the same level next campaign. There’s no opportunity for promotion to the A-League Men at present, although that may be set to change in the years to come.
Regardless, his success is likely to have larger clubs keeping an eye on him. Perhaps a manager’s job in the top-tier of the Australian system is looming, or even a return to Scotland.
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With Ange Postecoglou paving the way for Aussie coaches, and Hibernian recently hiring Nick Montgomery from Central Coast Mariners, anything is possible for McDonald.
He’s on the way up for sure. We could see him back at Celtic Park one day.