Anton McElhone arrival gives Celtic slight yet much-needed morale boost
Anton McElhone has arrived as the new Celtic Head of Sports Science, and it can’t be denied how important an appointment this is.
Just ask Ange Postecoglou. He’s been looking for more sports science staff since July [The Scotsman]. Finally, Celtic have decided to deliver.
McElhone himself comes to the club with plenty of experience. He’s worked in various different roles across football such as an academy coach, a fitness and conditioning coach, and an assistant manager. Not to mention one short interim spell as the Greenock Morton boss earlier this year.
But it appears that the Scottish conditioning expert has decided to make a change back into the fitness side of things. Celtic fans will have noticed the 10 years with Tottenham Hotspur as his most eye-catching role. It was there he worked under figures such as Harry Redknapp, Mauricio Pochettino, and Andre Villas-Boas respectively.
However, this is also important due to what it represents to supporters. It shows the club have finally decided to get serious in replacing Jack Nayler. That they’re still putting in plans in place to assure Ange Postecoglou can implement his philosophy to its full affect.
Anton McElhone a vital hire for Celtic
McElhone comes as a hugely experienced figure. And having spent so much time working in dressing rooms with big egos, he could be the perfect man to have in the role.
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But his remit is clear. Ensure the squad Postecoglou assembles is able to come into Lennoxtown every day in peak condition. Help halt disasters such as the recent injury crisis that saw us missing half a team for the Real Betis clash.
This is such an important acquisition for the football club. It’s undoubtedly given the place a slight morale. Results will dictate the true mood of a football club, but this is a promising off-field sign at least.
Hopefully, we hear more about the appointment the next time Ange sits in front of the press. It will be good to hear his thoughts on the hire and what he thinks of McElhone’s credentials.
But for now, the Celtic support have been enjoying the news of his appointment. Reacting on social media to McElhone’s arrival, here’s what some in the fanbase had to say:
Poch plays a high press as well doesn’t he? So he’ll be familiar with how we are trying to play?— Papalstacoglou 🇻🇦 (@KierHar) September 21, 2021
This is a mega signing.
Fitness coach of Poch & AVB, was Spurs’ 1st team fitness coach for 6 years. Not bad. Happy with that & interesting that the 1st appointment made is a fitness coach.— Stephen Rennie (@Loch_Ren_Monsta) September 21, 2021
This is a really good appointment. Breadth of experience in England and gets how sport science relates to coaching at high level. Also a really nice guy, which is a bonus.— Ewan (@_EwanMcLean) September 21, 2021