Kenny Dalglish believes Celtic have example to follow regarding Ange Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

June 12, 2021

Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish has backed Ange Postecoglou, but claims he’s “up against it” at Paradise.

Dalglish, who won 4 league titles with the Bhoys [Celtic Wiki], was flattered to hear that Postecoglou had a poster of him on his wall growing up. However, in classic King Kenny style, he had a wee joke about it, too, before emphasising the size of the job Postecoglou was facing.

Speaking to the Go Radio Football Show, Dalglish said:

“He must be a fair age – he must be telling porkies about his 55 years, I think they must’ve been Liverpool posters! No, it’s humbling, isn’t it, when somebody says that. Especially somebody that’s going to start a job at Celtic, which is such a brilliant club.

“Anybody that gets a job there is very fortunate.

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“It’s going to be a difficult job for him as well, in this state of play. Steven [Gerrard] has done unbelievably well at Rangers, but Rangers stood by him and kept him. Plugging away, believed in him, supported him financially, and after 3 years he’s had an unbelievable season to win the league, but also had a great run in Europe.

“Anybody going into Celtic now, they’re up against it a wee bit, because of the strength of Rangers.

“He’ll need a lot of  help, a lot of support. Although he’s no over here, and he’s got to do a bit of quarantine, I’m sure he’ll be in touch with them, and I’m sure they’ll be working on a lot of things just now.”

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Imagine your boyhood idol welcoming to you to your new job. Even with slight caveats, it must be a pretty good feeling.

Two things here; as a Liverpool icon, Dalglish is obviously going to back Gerrard to some extent. It’s the unwritten rule, and as an ambassador for the Reds, he’s unlikely to go on radio and dismiss one of their best-ever players. It’d be funny if he pointed out that Gerrard has won 1 of 9 possible trophies in Scottish football since joining, but it’s unlikely to happen, really.

Kenny Dalglish golfing in 2015 / (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

As for Ange Postecoglou, the man loves a challenge. There’s no doubt, either, that that he’ll be working on plenty with the team and board behind the scenes. He’ll be keen to ensure the hard work can begin immediately upon his arrival at Lennoxtown.

Celtic travel to Wales for a serious of pre-season friendlies in July, with Champions League qualification starting on either the 20th or 21st of next month. The Champions League might be a a big ask. But at least some variety of European competition will surely be on the agenda for Postecoglou and Celtic this season.

As for King Kenny? It’s good to hear him talk about Celtic.

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