The truth about Ange Postecoglou's Celtic contract as extension chat ramps up

By David Walton

May 10, 2022

Given Celtic’s success in Ange Postecoglou’s debut season, it isn’t overly surprising to hear talk about his Parkhead contract being ramped up.

Indeed, Ange joined the club on a 12-month rolling contract. That deal is still what he’s on today with Celtic about to secure the league championship which would mean a double had been won.

Given the scale of the achievement and the massive reputation boost Ange has had in Glasgow, contract talk has typically sparked. John Hartson stated last week that the Hoops should try and tie him down for the long term [The Herald]. That was added to last night by Charlie Nicholas, who believes Dermot Desmond must have a new deal for the manager as his “top priority [Scottish Daily Express].

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But the truth is there’s no reason for Celtic to rush into any contract talks. Postecoglou has already made his stance clear on where he sits with regard to his current deal. Speaking back in April, he said the following as quoted by the Daily Record:

“The last thing I want to do is talk to chairmen or to Dermot or anyone about my position. As managers we just get on with it. Usually when you have to talk to people involved it’s because you’re worried about your position.

“I’m quite comfortable with the way things are going, I’m really happy and enjoying the role. I still have a helluva lot to accomplish as we are at the first stage of the rebuild.

“Until they tap me on the shoulder and tell me the road’s going elsewhere then I will keep doing what I’m doing and be happy about it.”

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Ange Postecoglou sees no reason to discuss Celtic contract

You can understand the idea behind a new deal. For some, they’ll feel it represents a show of good faith from the club. That it would help tie him down longer and ensure we don’t end up with anyone taking him from us out of nowhere.

But the truth is you’re never really safe from that regardless. Remember, Brendan Rodgers was on a 4-year contract when Leicester swooped in with the compensation money and took him to the King Power Stadium. There’s nothing a new contract could do that would halt that potential thing from happening again.

Sure, it may bank us a few million having a compensation fee within any new deal. But it didn’t leave us any less rocked when Rodgers departed.

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Besides, the narrative is that Postecoglou deserves a new contract. Whilst that’s pretty spot on, the manager is happy with his current deal and sees no reason to discuss it. As he said last month, the last thing he wants to be doing is talking about contracts.

If Celtic want to get around the table and thrash out something new then fair enough. But there’s absolutely no reason for it to be a “top priority”. We have enough on our plate this summer.

We have a huge period ahead of us as we look to rebuild the squad. A new contract for the manager would certainly be a morale boost if it ever comes to pass, but everyone appears satisfied with the current situation for now.

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