Senior City Group director pays tribute to Ange Postecoglou for job done at Celtic

By John McGinley

June 10, 2022

City Football Group’s managing director of global football, Brian Marwood, has stated he is “immensely proud” of Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou for the work he has done at the club.

Postecoglou was previously manager of Yokohama F.Marinos, part of the globe-spanning City Group, and it was their links to Celtic through Mark and Peter Lawwell that led to the Australian landing in Glasgow.

Celtic received a big endorsement of Postecoglou from the organisation and Marwood is delighted that he has settled so well at the Bhoys.

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Speaking to KeepUp, he said: “We have a great relationship with Celtic. We were happy to endorse Ange when they spoke to us about potentially appointing him as head coach.

“Again, you look at the work he has done there, after having a very difficult start. He went late in the summer, it was very difficult for him to bring players in and he was very resolute in terms of his thinking, what his objectives were and how he needed to create those and deliver them. You look at where the team got to at the end of the season, playing fantastic football and winning the title. In his first season he has walked with two trophies.

“I am immensely proud of what he has done there. I know his family have settled well, he has really enjoyed being in an institution that is Celtic Football Club and really up for the challenge of taking that club on a journey that everybody can be proud of. The success he has had there doesn’t surprise me, particularly after such a difficult start, but I think he will be working hard in the summer to make sure that they improve on what they have done this year.”

It’s a year to the day since Postecoglou took charge of the Bhoys and the turnaround in the club’s fortunes is remarkable.

Marwood has a long relationship with the Celtic boss so was always going to take an interest, but there’s no doubt Postecoglou has attracted a lot of attention for the way he’s gone about the task at hand here.

Plenty of admirers have popped up from England and if he competes well with Celtic in the Champions League, many more will follow from across the continent.

That’s not an immediate concern to Celtic, Postecoglou is laser-focused on the project at the Bhoys, but it will only increase the chatter of a new contract. As Chris Sutton highlighted last week, if nothing else, a new deal would protect the club when it comes to compensation.

For now, we can look ahead to what Postecoglou has planned this summer and be excited about the next phase of his Celtic rebuild.

In other news, Celtic forward gets some well-earned rest on international duty.