"Massive disruption"; Outspoken English pundit thinks Celtic boss Postecoglou will be celebrating today

By Euan Davidson

November 11, 2021

English pundit and former Premier League club chief reckons Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will be in celebratory mood today, following the departure of Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa

Jordan, formerly chairman of Crystal Palace, believes the upheaval at Rangers will disadvantage them long-term. Additionally, he thinks although Postecoglou won’t say it, he’ll be buzzing about what’s happening across the city.

The Celtic manager refused to be drawn into speculation surrounding Gerrard, who’s now joined Aston Villa in the Premier League. Rightly, Postecoglou was focused on what he and his team can do, and ignoring distractions.

Jordan, a contributor to TalkSport, was less convinced of that. He said [TalkSport]:

“Massive disruption for Rangers though, this. One person who will be celebrating that, and getting his timing right, is Ange Postecoglou.

“He will be looking at this as a opportunity. If Villa are going to take Gerrard then they are going to take all of Gerrard’s backroom staff as well.

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“This is fabulous for Celtic. It really is.

“Rangers, whether you like it or not, are going to be a little bit disfunctional because they have cut the head off the Hydra. There isn’t a leader there now. There isn’t someone to galvanise the squad.

“What I have seen at time, and I watched Rangers against St Mirren, they need that leadership.”

It’s hard to imagine Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou being affected either way by Steven Gerrard news

Honestly, it’s good for headlines, but will Ange Postecoglou be too fussed? The reaction to his appointment, especially from the likes of TalkSport, means he had the same things to prove this season. It didn’t, and doesn’t, matter who’s in the Ibrox dugout.

If anything, Postecoglou might’ve been keen to beat Gerrard to the title this season. Especially after the scenes of celebration from our rivals in the summer. But really, this doesn’t change anything for the Celtic manager.

Admittedly, it’s a bit of fun for the Hoops supporters, but only if it ends in titles.

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You could argue that there’s more pressure on Postecoglou; losing the title to a manager who will need to compile a whole new backroom staff would look worse than losing to Gerrard.

That’s a possibility nobody wants to consider though. Perhaps Simon Jordan is right, and Postecoglou is celebrating. Being honest though, that probably overstates Gerrard’s abilities.

It just doesn’t really seem like the kind of thing he’d do.

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