Kenny Dalglish makes a passionate Postecoglou plea to the Celtic board

By John McGinley

July 25, 2021

Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has called on the club to address the weak points of Ange Postecoglou’s squad and pleaded with the hierarchy to prevent him from feeling isolated.

Dalglish, like all of us, knows that Postecoglou has a hugely difficult task on Wednesday night to come through the current Champions League qualifying tie.

The squad is in dire shape and, frankly, the manager has inherited one of the least prepared Celtic defences in modern times.

The Bhoys and Liverpool is insistent criticism can’t be directed at the new boss.

He also thinks the board need to rally round and support him as much as possible.

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Writing in his Sunday Post column, he said: “It would be terrific if Celtic got through to the next stage of the Champions League. But if they don’t get it over the line in Denmark on Wednesday night, new manager, Ange Postecoglou, should be spared any flak. It can’t be on him.

“This is not the time to be pointing fingers. There needs to be positivity around Celtic Park.

“The result at Parkhead was disappointing, but winning the tie is definitely not beyond the Hoops. Ange will have had an extra few days to work with the players, and integrate his new signings. But the manager needs to be allowed time to implement his plans.

“There remains a lot of work to be done in the background at Celtic Park, and key positions still need to be filled on the pitch. Ange will be looking for the best help he can get from chief executive, Dom McKay, and the backroom staff. They all need to be together, and the manager can’t be allowed to feel isolated.”

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The Scottish icon is not your usual shock-factor pundit. He’s not Chris Sutton, he’s rarely in the media criticising anyone at Celtic, not least the people who run the club.

He holds back from that again here, but the message is clear here. Treat Postecoglou well. Back him in the transfer market. Go all in.

We all know the positions that need to be filled. It’s old ground at this point. The weaknesses in the team are glaring. You don’t need to be a football coach to spot them.

So far deals have been completed for Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi and Carl Starfelt. That’s a good start. But it has to just be the start.

Postecoglou can’t be allowed to carry the can here.

In other news, James Forrest return was an overlooked positive of Celtic friendly yesterday.