Premier League legend Tim Cahill congratulates Celtic boss after derby dominance

By Euan Davidson

February 3, 2022

Ange Postecoglou will have a creaking inbox today after Celtic thrashed Rangers at Paradise, but he’ll surely have seen Tim Cahill sending his best.

Cahill, a Socceroos legend and a favourite of Ange Postecoglou’s while he was Australia boss. The feeling appears to be mutual, with the Everton hero having already sent messages of good luck to the Celtic manager. Cahill won the Asian Cup and qualified for two World Cups under Postecoglou.

After last night’s thrashing of Rangers, Cahill has again shown support for the Celtic manager. He tweeted “Congratulations Boss” after full-time, almost immediately racking up thousands of likes in the process.

The former Australia talisman has stated his adoration for Postecoglou in interviews. Back in September, after Ange took the Celtic manager’s job, he told The Age: “[Postecoglou is the] one that got me excited to coach.

“I’ve never worked for anyone as detailed as him and the way we were playing in those four years was incredible. There wasn’t many teams that we didn’t dominate in possession.

“He’s a big mentor and he goes about his business quietly, it doesn’t matter if people are for it or against it. He always makes waves and he’s doing it now in a fantastic way.”

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Tim Cahill far from the only one praising Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou after last night’s thrashing of Rangers

It may now be the afternoon after the night before, but plenty of Celtic supporters will still be buzzing about Postecoglou’s Hoops.

The tactical dominance Celtic showed was breathtaking. Hatate’s second goal in particular was a masterclass in positional rotation, with Abada and Juranovic swapping positions at will to set up the opportunity. Across the park, the instructions drilled into the squad since Postecoglou’s arrival came up trumps.

He’s earning comparisons to Gian Piero Gasperini and Marcelo Bielsa [Athletic], and it’s not hard to see why. The Celtic manager has taken us so far beyond the unimaginative, individual-based approach from last season, and it’s working absolute wonders.

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We’re top of the league after all.

But the praise from ex-players, especially trusted leaders like Tim Cahill, will surely mean a lot to the Celtic boss. And while no, the league isn’t won yet, he’s allowed to take today to bask in the afterglow of a symbolic win. If only for a little while, anyway – Celtic don’t have it easy in terms of upcoming games.

Perhaps we’ll see Tim Cahill and Ange Postecoglou reunited one day in the dugout.

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