Former EPL and La Liga star talks up Postecoglou to Celtic; can't wait to travel to Glasgow

By John McGinley

June 12, 2021

Former English Premier League and La Liga star John Aloisi is excited about Ange Postecoglou taking charge of Celtic.

Aloisi, who played as a striker for Coventry City and Osasuna in the English and Spanish top-flights, obviously knows his compatriot well.

He also has a bit of experience of what Ange is set to go through having been a prominent player in Europe, as well as starring and managing in Australia.

Aloisi is a former manager of Brisbane Roar, just like the new Celtic boss.

The 55-cap international can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

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He told Optus Sport: “It’s exciting. It’s exciting for Ange, of course, but for Australian football in general. Before he took the Brisbane Roar job he couldn’t get a coaching role, nobody wanted to touch him. Then he showed that he wasn’t afraid of the critics, to play the football he believes in to win football games.

“He’s a pioneer for us coaches and Australian football. He’s the first one ready to step into the Scottish league. Celtic’s a massive club, there’s going to be massive pressure on him. They’ve got Champions League qualifiers, they’ve got to compete with a Rangers side that won the league comfortably.

“It’s a big club to go into. I still think Ange is going to show everyone around the world what he can do at that level.”

Aloisi can’t wait for Postecoglou taking on Rangers with Celtic

Aloisi would go on to explain the importance of fans getting behind him from the start. He also can’t wait to travel to Paradise to see Postecoglou’s football go up against rivals Rangers.

The former striker continued on Optus Sport: “The important thing is, especially in a city like that where there are two major clubs that hate each other, that he gets the backing of supporters. Winning the media over is a big thing.

“It’s not only attacking football, it’s winning football. That’s what they want to hear. This guy is coming in with confidence. He’s got a 12-month rolling contract, he believes in himself and I think that the supporters will take to that.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

“What I can’t wait for, once the world opens up, is getting on a plane and going to watch Celtic vs Rangers to see Ange’s style of football. It’s something I’m looking forward to already. I’ve got it on my bucket list already.”

Whether your positive or negative on Postecoglou’s arrival, you can’t deny it’s about to be a fascinating era at Celtic. A wild ride, for sure. Personally, I’m looking forward to it, just like the Aussies.

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