Michael Stewart delivers Postecoglou to Celtic verdict; has one big concern, criticises club

By John McGinley

June 12, 2021

Michael Stewart is concerned about the time available to Ange Postecoglou when considering a revolution at Celtic.

Postecoglou has been appointed on a 12-month rolling-contract basis at the Bhoys, succeeding Neil Lennon as the club’s permanent manager.

Lennon resigned back in February and it took months for the club to deliver the 55-year-old.

After a public pursuit of Eddie Howe, some supporters have been left underwhelmed by Postecoglou’s suitability for the role given his lack of experience on this continent.

For Stewart, it’s less his ability and experience that are causing concern but more the overall situation at Celtic. He’s criticised the club for not acting on a managerial appointment sooner.

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Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland today [15:51], he said: “Everyone I have spoken to is very, very positive about him and thinks it’s a great appointment. But, to a great extent, all that pales into insignificance when you hear that he needs time, he needs to adapt the team, he needs to rebuild. Because of the way Celtic have gone about this, that time is in short supply.

“There’s so much to do behind the scenes; the recruitment, the staff, director of football, all those things that remain unresolved. There is no time to get that in place. Are the fans going to be happy if things are stumbling along for the first six months of the season? That’s the real concern for Celtic. They’ve taken so long to get this in place.

“Ange Postecoglou could have been in the second half of this season. All that homework and groundwork could have been done.”

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I’ve been talking up this appointment as much as any supporter, but you can’t wave away Stewart’s concerns here. They are definitely valid.

Even Postecoglou’s biggest admirers admit that it can be a long process to enact his vision when he arrives at a new club. That, in conjunction with a massive Celtic squad rebuild and his lack of experience in this footballing market, is a worry.

Ange Postecoglou is the new Celtic manager / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

The way the club have acted over the last six to eight months has been a complete shambles. As much as I’m willing to give our new manager a chance, I can’t get that out of my head.

It’s really on them to prove themselves in this new era. Under new CEO Dominic McKay we need to see swift, decisive action taken on all these massive issues swirling around the club.

The pressure is on from the start here. I’m less worried about how Postecoglou handles that than Celtic.

In other news, Mat Ryan could be Postecoglou’s first signing at Celtic.