New SPFL recruit talks up the impact of Ange Postecoglou's Celtic success in Australia

By Lewis Laird

July 28, 2022

New Dundee United recruit Mark Birighitti has talked up the impact that Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic success has had back in his homeland of Australia.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper recently arrived at Tannadice from A-League side Central Coast Mariners and became the latest Aussie to come to the Scottish Premiership.

Just a matter of weeks later, he was also joined by another fellow Australian, with experienced left-back Aziz Behich joining the club.

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Scottish Football has become well aware of new arrivals from down under over the years, and in recent seasons that seems to be on the rise again.

Of course, at Celtic, we have seen a host of Socceroos internationalists come to the club, including Scott McDonald, Tom Rogic and one of the newest Parkhead recruits, Aaron Mooy.

Clubs across the Scottish Premiership have had their own influx of new and old faces from the other side of the world, such as Dundee United and St Johnstone, with one of their latest signings being Ryan McGowan.

Arguably the biggest name in Australia to come to Scotland in the last 12 months is Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou, who is now loved by the Parkhead faithful.

Dundee United’s Mark Birighitti has been talking up Postecoglou’s effect back in his homeland and how it has brought more attention to the Aussies playing in Scotland.

He said [BBC Sport]: “I am absolutely buzzing that the Scottish league are taking Australians seriously, in previous years, I have felt like not many Australians were getting that opportunity to showcase what they can do abroad, and it is just fantastic to see so many Australians here doing so well.

“Back home in Australia, you are competing against so many sports, you are competing against rugby, AFL. Obviously, with the success Ange (Postecoglou) has had at Celtic, we are actually getting two or three-page write-ups in the newspapers.

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“So, it is getting a lot more viewing and a lot more exposure, which is good to see. For me, football is the number one sport in the world, and I am just buzzing it is getting a real look at back home in Australia.”

Later this year, the Celtic manager will be welcomed back home as his Hoops side face a series of friendly fixtures in Sydney.

It just goes to show the incredible popularity Ange has back in Australia, and he is continuing to raise the profile of the game from the other side of the globe.

We have seen some great talents from down under come to the Scottish Premiership and have a big impact in recent years.

There is no reason that the latest influx of new arrivals can’t have that same impact and help raise not only their profiles as players but also of football back in Australia.

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