"He offers something different"; Harry Kewell's early Celtic impact and influence

By John McGinley

August 2, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has insisted that Harry Kewell’s presence at Lennoxtown is already sending a message to his squad in the early stages of the season.

Postecoglou reshuffled the staff after last year’s title success, moving Stephen McManus to work with Darren O’Dea and Celtic B while bringing Kewell in to work with the senior squad.

The Bhoys boss has described them as subtle changes but still regards them as crucial to the development of his project at the club.

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said on Kewell’s appointment: “We have brought in Harry and made a couple of subtle changes to the coaching staff, so people don’t get too comfortable in terms of the voices that they hear.

“You are always trying to make those subtle changes because, from the first day of pre-season, you don’t want the players to think, ‘OK, we’re just going to roll out what we did last year’ and expect success to come. That’s not how it works.

“I always try to maintain a dynamic environment where there is an enthusiasm and freshness around the place. Sometimes that’s new voices, sometimes it’s subtle changes around where you train or the way you train.

“He offers something different to our coaching staff. He has had some experience of managing his own sides and before that had some incredible experiences as a player working under some fantastic managers.”

Postecoglou also explains that Kewell is also being placed in a position to learn and improve himself too. It’s not just about what he offers Celtic but the coach being humble enough to take on board that strive for improvement.

Players such as Callum McGregor have also spoken positively about Kewell’s presence, feeling he offers the kind of Champions League experience that can be ideal for this group of players.

The manager’s reasoning is sound here, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Kewell’s initial presence turns into something even more worthwhile for the Bhoys.

In other news, Tom Boyd talks up the importance of Ange’s Celtic transfer decision.