The Australian reaction to Postecoglou Celtic chat has been vastly different to the Scottish one
It’s been hard to know what to make of the reports linking Ange Postecoglou with the Celtic job.
BBC Sport report that Celtic are in advanced talks with the Yokohama Marinos boss after talks with Eddie Howe collapse.
The broadcaster believes that the Greek-Australian could be appointed as early as this coming week.
None of us at 67 Hail Hail really know anything about him, and we’re not going to pretend to.
We’ve reached out to Japanese and Australian footballing experts over the last 24 hours to get their insight and share it with you. That started with Japan Times journalist Dan Orlowitz earlier today.
In the meantime, it has been fascinating to observe the reaction of pundits and supporters from various places around the globe.
In Scotland, much of the talk hasn’t been very kind. Many Celtic supporters don’t believe Postecoglou has the required experience to take on a job of the magnitude of Celtic.
Fairly or unfairly, there’s definitely a feeling that the club is going for a ‘cheap option’ after being publicly embarrassed by Howe.
The perception of a Postecoglou appointment is wrapped up in the anger of the general situation at Celtic and the shambolic way the board have overseen the club over the last 12 months. It’s perfectly understandable.
Elsewhere though it’s been dramatically different. Prominent figures in Australian football and media seem overwhelmingly in favour of Postecoglou earning a shot at a big European job.
Whether it’s them sticking up for one of their own, a natural bias, or they have a genuine belief in his managerial ability is hard to see clearly.
You can’t deny though that the former national team boss has his backers.
Here’s what’s being said by that group…
Absolutely loving it that Celtic fans have no idea who Ange Postecoglou is. He's gonna rock their world.
— Mike Wise (@wisey_9) May 28, 2021
Ange would go in with no fear. He would also experience something he has never before here in Glasgow. Pressure is daily and your only ever 1 game away from a disaster. Celtic were a mess this season and I have no doubt he would improve them significantly
— Craig Moore (@CraigMoore_18) May 28, 2021
This would be so good if it happens. Postecoglou has absolutely earned a role with a club of this stature, and a Celtic team playing his football would be unreal to watch. https://t.co/WgxuVeahd0
— Richard Bayliss (@RSBayliss) May 28, 2021
Enormous. ⚽️🇦🇺👏 https://t.co/mOEmAWnqxB
— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) May 28, 2021
This is massive https://t.co/sO68VkIklw
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) May 28, 2021
Postecoglou, like Pep & Sarri, pushes the boundaries. His approach never waivers & success follows
Asian Cup 🏆 (🇦🇺 first major title)
A-League 🏆🏆 (inc longest unbeaten run 36 games) + premiership 🏆
NSL 🏆🏆 + premiership 🏆
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— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) May 28, 2021
There was one dissenting voice though, from someone who has knowledge of both Australian football and Celtic…
Ange and Celtic. Got no idea how it’s going to work out tbh. Scottish football is a different beast. No time to adapt. It’s not as if he can make this a project. It’s instant success or he will be immediately under huge pressure. Lose a couple of games and there’s no way back.
— Ray Gatt (@Gatty54) May 28, 2021
What does it all mean? I guess we’re about to find out.