Australian club keen to continue Celtic relationship

By Lewis Laird

July 4, 2022

Ange Postecoglou’s former side South Melbourne will pay another classy tribute to the Celtic manager later this week.

The 56-year-old has a long-standing relationship with the National Premier League side, having spent nine years at the club as a player.

After his retirement, Postecoglou then went on to manage South Melbourne between 1996 and 2000, leading them to two consecutive National Soccer League titles and an Oceania Club Championship trophy.

Despite leaving the club over two decades ago, the former Socceroos boss remains a popular figure around the club.

South Melbourne have continued to watch the Celtic manager’s progress, supporting and congratulating Ange for his achievements throughout his first campaign in the Parkhead dugout.

One of the strips from the 2022 campaign is, in fact, inspired by Postecoglou’s venture to Europe, with South Melbourne rocking a green goalkeeping kit.

In early May, as the Bhoys prepared to secure the Scottish Premiership title, the Australian side paid tribute to Postecoglou by allowing any fan attending wearing a Celtic strip free entry into their third-placed clash against Avondale.

After the success of the promotion the first time around, South Melbourne have confirmed they will be doing it once again, allowing any supporter with Celtic merch free entry to this Saturday’s match against Dandenong Thunder.

17 Feb 2002: Ramazan Tausancioglu #3, captain of the Melbourne Knights, accepts the trophy from Ange Postecogolou after winning the National Youth League Southern Division Grand Final between Melbourne Knights Youth and South Melbourne Institute played at the Bob Jane Stadium, Melbourne, Australia. Digital Image Mandatory Credit: Allsport/Getty Images

As Celtic fans have become well aware over the past 12 months, Ange Postecoglou is a classy character who we have all grown to love.

Each of his previous clubs seems to hold the same attitude toward the 56-year-old, and he is well respected no matter where he goes.

It just goes to show exactly the sort of person the Celtic manager is, that his old teams continue to follow and support him to this day.

I am sure both Celtic and South Melbourne will now hold a brilliant relationship for years to come, and the Aussie side’s latest gesture continues to solidify that.

In other news, Captain Callum McGregor eyeing even more Celtic transfer moves.