The pundit Ibrox U-turn we are bound to see after Celtic rebuild success

By Lewis Laird

November 21, 2022

With the news that Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronkhorst has been sacked from his role at Ibrox, we could be about to see many pundits make a U-turn in their views.

Looking back to the summer of 2021, Celtic were preparing to embark upon a dramatic rebuild of their playing squad and coaching staff.

The arrival of Ange Postecoglou marked the beginning of that rebuild, as the former Socceroos boss arrived from Japan ready to start the role.

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As I am sure Celtic supporters remember very well, things didn’t get off to the best of starts under the 57-year-old.

The Bhoys had a difficult pre-season before going on to lose in the 2nd round of Champions League qualifying, as well as our first three away fixtures in the league.

There were also some issues with the arrival of new signings, which took longer than anticipated as Postecoglou looked to build his squad, which was ready to bounce back.

During this difficult period for the club, there was plenty of talk from the other side of Glasgow, discussing the early disappointments of the Hoops’ rebuild.

The likes of Kris Boyd and Peter Lovenkrands were vocal in discussing the issues going on at Parkhead at that time, following on from the Ibrox side’s Premiership title victory.

At the time, Boyd was even calling for Postecoglou to resign from his role at Celtic due to the club’s early actions in fixtures and the transfer market.

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However, fast forward 12 months, and Postecoglou had lifted the Scottish Premiership, and Premier Sports Cup double, producing an incredible turnaround for the Bhoys.

It certainly wasn’t what Boyd and Lovenkrands had seen coming with their early predictions.

If we fast-forward even further to the current day, the Ibrox side now finds themselves in a similar position to Celtic in the summer of 2021, having sacked Giovanni van Bronkhorst.

And it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see a change in attitude from pundits given the success of Celtic’s rebuild.

Pundits bound to have a change in attitude regarding potential Rangers rebuild after Postecoglou’s success.

The success of Ange Postecoglou and Celtic’s rebuild showcased why patience is needed during such a huge rebuild at any club.

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So, it would come as no surprise to see these same pundits make a drastic U-turn and insist that the next Rangers manager needs time to undergo his own rebuild.

The ageing Ibrox squad have showcased their deficiencies this season, and a lot of work is going to be needed in the January and summer window.

Whilst that goes on, Celtic will continue to go about their business and improve on a daily basis as they have done this season.

Former players and pundits such as Boyd were quick to write off any progress that Postecoglou was making at Parkhead. But I am sure he won’t hold that same attitude with the next Rangers manager, which would be rather fitting.

The incredible job that Ange Postecoglou has done at Celtic has left our rivals well behind, and we currently sit nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

At one stage, the former Yokahama F Marinos boss was being made fun of and told he would be gone by Christmas of last year. Now, the Ibrox side will be looking to emulate the success that he has created at Parkhead.

18 months on from Postecoglou’s arrival at Celtic, it is rather fitting to see these comments turned on their head, and now ex-Rangers players will be looking for any new manager to conduct a similar rebuilding job to him.

It just goes to show things can change so quickly, I suppose, and these comments can come back to haunt you.

In other news, The early Postecoglou Celtic decision that pleased Scott Brown.