Harry Kewell ally explains what he would bring to Celtic coaching staff

By David Walton

June 12, 2022

Derek Lilley has explained what ex-teammate Harry Kewell will bring to Celtic Park if he’s announced as a first-team coach.

Sky Sports reported on Friday that Ange Postecoglou had turned to the former Liverpool and Leeds United winger to become a part of his coaching staff. It comes with Kewell out of work since September 2021 having been sacked by Barnet.

However, the Aussie coach has a ton of experience at the top level during his playing days, particularly in the EPL. He was also part of the Liverpool squad that won the UEFA Champions League back in 2005.

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Lilley played alongside Kewell during his own 2-year stint at Leeds, and he’s explained what it is Ange will have seen in his countryman. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Lilley said: “Harry’s experience at that level could prove invaluable to Celtic. He has got a winner’s medal from Liverpool after being part of the team that beat AC Milan in Istanbul. He also got to the semi-final at Leeds and played so many other games at the highest level in Europe for both clubs.

“I’m sure that would have been part of Ange’s thinking when he approached him. Throughout his career Harry was consistently coming up against the best teams and the best players in Europe. That kind of insight can be worth its weight in gold.

“Probably the only thing Celtic would have been disappointed with last season was their performance in Europe. Knowing Harry as I do, he will feel he can contribute to making a difference. I had a chat with him at St Johnstone and he did seem very keen on coming to Scotland. There was a real eagerness and desire. That tells you what kind of person he is.”

Harry Kewell would arrive at Celtic looking to rebuild his own reputation

Kewell would arrive at Parkhead effectively looking to rebuild his own reputation after a struggling period in management. It didn’t work out at the likes of Notts County, Oldham, or Barnet, so he would surely take plenty from a spell under Ange at Parkhead.

At the same time, Kewell could easily thrive away from the spotlight of being the number one. It could give him a chance to study Ange’s methods whilst potentially using his experience gained at the top level to help the players on a mental level.

It would be an interesting acquisition to make just months before we get started in the UEFA Champions League. Ange clearly sees something in the ex-Liverpool man that makes him worth adding to his coaching team.

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One of the most impressive aspects of Postecoglou’s reign last term was the fact he didn’t bring anyone with him from either Yokohama Marinos or Australia. He came and implemented his blueprint at the club on his own whilst ensuring the coaching staff already in place were able to get to grips with his methods.

It’s going to be an interesting summer indeed. Even though we have a settled squad at the moment, you can’t help but feel as if we’re still going to look a whole lot different come the end of the window.

Where this stage of Ange’s revolution takes us is exciting to see.

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