"The signs are good"; Ex-rival breaks ranks and backs Celtic boss Ange

By John McGinley

October 8, 2021

Former Rangers man Matt McKay has been bucking the trend of former Ibrox pundits and speaking positively about Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

Even old Postecoglou allies such as Craig Moore have been peddling daft stuff about the Celtic leader of late, as the media look to portray him as a man in crisis. [Daily Record]

However, McKay, a 56-cap Australian international who spent time at Rangers in 2011, is adamant that Celtic are on the right path under the Bhoys manager.

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Speaking to Sporting News, he said: “I can’t speak highly enough of him. As you can already see, the way they’re playing, he’s already put his stamp on it.

“It seems like the players are buying in to that. Obviously they lost a few in the transfer window and the nature of turnover in players means it will take time.

“The signs are good. The results will come and the team will get better. I think it’s great for Australian football that he’s over there.”

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McKay played under Postecoglou at Brisbane Roar and recalls fondly the impact he made there and on his career in general.

The former midfielder continued: “That first day of pre-season I went in not expecting much. It was my last year on contract and I was planning on leaving after that, but he turned the place around.

“He motivated, got his point across, had us playing great football, it was really enjoyable to come to training, we went into games knowing you were going to win.”

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It’s nice to hear someone come out in support of the Celtic boss for a change, at a time it seems when all we seem to hear are the downsides of the season so far.

Hopefully the manager can prove himself to the doubters after the international break when players return from injury and he’s able to put his best eleven on the pitch.

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