Steven Gerrard dishes out praise for Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou away from the Glasgow bubble
Former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes Ange Postecoglou has done “fantastically well” at Celtic and has stated that he has nothing but “respect and admiration” for the Australian.
Gerrard started last season as Postecoglou’s main managerial rival, in charge of the Ibrox club, but quickly scarpered down south to join Aston Villa with the rest of his coaching staff.
However, it seems the Liverpool legend witnessed enough of Postecoglou to get a good impression and has praised the Celtic boss in Australia, where Villa are currently on tour.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Gerrard said: “Ange did fantastically well. He came in with his own style. It took a little bit of time for him to implement that but once the players got used to that, they went on to win the league title and the League Cup as well, so it was a very successful season for him.
“He’s someone who I’ve got a lot of respect for and a lot of admiration for, and he’s done ever so well, so credit to him. He’s obviously got big experience. He’s had a lot of success throughout his career, and he comes across as a very humble guy.
“Obviously I’m Rangers through and through. I want Rangers to do well. I’m sure he appreciates that but from coach to coach, he’s someone that I’ve got a lot of respect for.”
Given that Postecoglou managed to win more trophies in one season at Celtic than Gerrard ever managed in Glasgow, then it would be surprising to hear anything other than this from the Villa boss.
But in all seriousness, the Celtic manager makes a positive impression with almost every football person he comes across. Gerrard is just the latest in a long line of people to recognise the qualities of Postecoglou.
Away from the critical eyes of Rangers supporters, Gerrard is clearly comfortable publicly saying that.
Now bringing Celtic into the Champions League, Ange will have his biggest platform yet to show what he can do.