Today is a huge one for Celtic; the real work begins

By John McGinley

June 24, 2021

New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is set to finally puts his players to work at Lennoxtown today with his first training session.

It’s been four months to the day since Neil Lennon resigned as manager of the Bhoys. Since then players have been allowed to stay in their comfort zones under John Kennedy.

As became apparent between Lennon’s exit and the end of the season, not much changed for this group at all. Training methods stayed the same, team selections were largely consistent with the Lennon era and the tactics were no more diverse.

Finally, someone has arrived to shake things up. I have a feeling he won’t be wasting any time.

One of the big things we know for sure about Postecoglou is that he comes into clubs and does things his way. It’s adapting to culture change or hitting the road – there’s no in-between.

I don’t think anyone has an idea if the Postecoglou appointment will work out for Celtic or not. You can’t deny we are leaping into the unknown. But we do know that rigorous training will be applied and new ways of working will be put in place.

Today is a massive chance for Celtic players

This is a day when long-lasting relationships are formed, or not. First impressions are everything. Some of these players won’t have a better opportunity to convince Postecoglou they can be part of a new Celtic.

With international players getting extended leave before the new season, even young players will have their chance to stake a claim with commitment and work ethic.

Big task ahead for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

I’m excited. It’s a clean slate. The Lennon era is finally over. The limbo we’ve been living through is over.

There are still serious questions to ask of the club and 67 Hail Hail will get the chance to put some forward tomorrow at a media event with Postecoglou and new CEO Dom McKay.

Until then, I’m excited to see the first footage of the players working under the new manager. I’m excited about the possibilities in store. It’s time to bring the fight back to Rangers.

In other news, Celtic won’t be signing Andre Ayew after huge wage demands.