Ange Postecoglou just signalled he is paving the way for Celtic's long-term future

By Lewis Laird

June 17, 2022

Earlier this evening, Celtic confirmed the appointment of new first-team coach Harry Kewell.

The former Leeds United and Liverpool man was first rumoured to be joining Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff last week, as the Celtic manager gets to work ahead of his second season in charge.

However, Kewell wasn’t the only change within the backroom staff, with the club also announcing that Stephen McManus would be moving to work with the young B side next season.

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The former Celtic captain will be working to bridge the gap between the first team and the youngsters at the club after having the experience of working at both levels.

Some may have seen this as a slightly strange move. However, for me, it makes complete sense and is a smart decision by those at the club after McManus’ regular attendance at the Celtic B sides games in the Lowland League last campaign.

As they prepare for their second season in the fifth tier of Scottish Football, the youngsters will now be working in unison with the first team, under a coach who spent time working alongside Ange and his coaching staff.

Not only is this a positive sign going into next season, but also the club’s future and Ange’s current thinking about the long-term plan for Celtic.

We have seen previous managers at the club put in place short-term plans, which provide success. However, Ange is now looking to keep that in place, whilst also focusing on the future of Celtic.

Last season, the Celtic boss provided the opportunity for the likes of Owen Moffat, Dane Murray and Ben Doak to make their first-team debuts.

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And now, the 56-year-old is keen to do that more often, by helping develop the set-up within the club’s academy.

There were glimpses of the work being done to match up the young Celtic side and the first team last season. But, going into this campaign, Ange is attempting to take that to another level.

It is an extremely exciting time to be a Celtic supporter, off the back of an amazing season last year, which was incredibly enjoyable for the fan base.

But Ange isn’t satisfied with success over two or three years. He wants to make sure that is sustained, through the young players coming through the academy.

Hopefully, the former Socceroos boss is here for many years to come, in order to see his work behind the scenes pay off.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant Celtic Champions League promise.