Harry Kewell "blown away" by initial impressions of Celtic and Lennoxtown

By John McGinley

June 23, 2022

New Celtic first-team coach Harry Kewell says he is “blown away” by the initial impression of the Bhoys and Lennoxtown, in his first club interview since joining the club.

Kewell is the newest member of Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff, with Stephen McManus switching his role to focus on developing the club’s brightest and best young players.

The former Socceroo, who had impressive playing spells at Liverpool and Leeds United amongst others, is relishing the opportunity to get started with the players.

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Speaking excitedly on Celtic TV, the Australian said: “I’m kind of blown away. I haven’t been at a huge club for a while now so this is all sort of new to me. To come into such a huge club and to see the facilities. The training ground set-up, it’s a perfect size, it’s been a brilliant first day.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the players first and foremost, then getting to understand their movement patterns and all that.

“Just speaking to John Kennedy for the last hour or so, talking about how they play. It’s similar to my ideas. Working with the manager as well, it’s going to be great, what he likes is similar to what I like.”

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Postecoglou thinks Kewell can be a difference-maker at Celtic this season and it’ll be great to see what kind of impact he can make.

He’s had mixed managerial success elsewhere, although Kewell will be the first to tell you there’s more to some of those jobs than meets the eye.

Working and learning under Ange could be exactly what he needs at this point in his coaching career. More importantly, his experience and hunger could also help drive this Celtic squad on.

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