Frank Lampard talks up Celtic; Everton strength in Sydney becomes clear despite World Cup

By John McGinley

July 8, 2022

Everton boss Frank Lampard has been left impressed with the job Ange Postecoglou has done at Celtic, speaking ahead of a meeting between the two clubs in Sydney later this year.

Lampard’s Everton are officially the replacement for Rangers in the Sydney Super Cup, completing a line-up that also includes Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Making a media appearance in Australia, the former England international was full of praise for the Celtic boss.

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He told News Corp Australia: “I’ve got an awful lot of respect for what Ange did last season at Celtic. It isn’t easy to hit the ground running in a league you’ve not worked in before.

“He did that really well, winning the title with a very definite style of play – a really exciting brand of football.

“It is hard to explain the atmosphere of an Old Firm game. The rivalry in Glasgow is one of the fiercest in world football and Ange embraced that challenge. It was a big achievement for him last year and it was impressive to see the way he went about it.”

Meanwhile, it’s become apparent that Celtic will be facing a very strong Toffees squad despite the upcoming World Cup.

In fact, the Bhoys are set to have more players at the Qatar 2022 tournament than Everton, with Lampard promising he’ll bring a full-strength group beyond the one or two he’ll be missing.

Jordan Pickford is currently the only sure bet to be on the plane with England.

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Lampard said via his club’s official website: “We’ve also got a lot of passionate Evertonians in Australia and we can’t wait to catch up with them.

“Other than the players on duty at the World Cup, we will be taking our strongest possible squad. This promises to be a very worthwhile tour on every level, and we are delighted to be making the trip.”

It should be a fantastic contest in front of a big crowd in Sydney – hopefully the Bhoys can put on a show and demonstrate we can compete with teams from the Premier League, despite their riches.

In other news, Harry Kewell already making a positive impression on the Celtic squad.