The Australian reaction to Postecoglou Celtic chat has been vastly different to the Scottish one

By John McGinley

May 29, 2021

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.

Ange Postecoglou could well be the next Celtic boss / (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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…

There was one dissenting voice though, from someone who has knowledge of both Australian football and Celtic…

What does it all mean? I guess we’re about to find out.

In other news, Scott Sinclair excited for Celtic Park return with Preston North End.