Michael Stewart wowed by Ange Postecoglou as he shares gut feeling on Celtic this season

By Euan Davidson

December 18, 2021

BBC and Scottish Sun pundit Michael Stewart has given his verdict on Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou and – spoiler alert – it’s glowing praise for the Greek-Aussie manager.

Ange Postecoglou arrived at Celtic battling a wave of negativity. Despite having achieved massive success in Australia and Japan, as well as with the Australian national team, he was seen as a massive gamble.

However, open-minded pundits like former Manchester United man Michael Stewart are being won over, and in emphatic style.

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Stewart, writing in his column for the Scottish Sun, gave Postecoglou a rave review, and shared his gut feeling about Celtic this season. He said: “Questions will inevitably arise about how far away Celtic are from where they want to be.

“But I don’t think they are that far away under Postecoglou, I really don’t.

“He just strikes me as a guy of real substance. Someone who knows what he’s talking about. He knows what he wants and knows how to communicate that to his players.

“Postecoglou doesn’t suffer fools gladly, he doesn’t take any nonsense and he seems a pretty straight-up person to deal with.

“He’s someone I think you’d want to play for. My gut feeling is he’s a good manager. When you consider he has come in on his own, without any staff, it’s even more impressive. He’s working with the backroom team who were already there. He hasn’t brought in any of his own people.

“But he has been able to make an impact quickly, which only augurs well for the future.”

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Michael Stewart left impressed by bold Ange Postecoglou and Celtic

Welcome aboard, Mr Stewart. Celtic fans were on the Ange Bus a long time ago.

He’s right, though, and it’s good to see some actual praise for our manager in the national press. Especially considering the form that Celtic are on. There seems to be a need to caveat or asterisk every positive result we have.

It’s extremely tiresome, and it undervalues what Postecoglou has brought to Scottish football. Nobody has had their team playing like this for a long time.

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Postecoglou is undoubtedly someone that the right players would want to play for. If there was an ounce of quit or laziness within you, I have a sense Postecoglou would make your life difficult, or completely disregard you. Whereas, players who remain committed have tasted rewards.

Look at Anthony Ralston for a glaringly obvious example.

Michael Stewart is clearly right here. And it’s about time Ange Postecoglou was given some of the credit he richly deserved.

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