International striker pays tribute to Postecoglou after Celtic rumours

By John McGinley

June 12, 2021

Striker Ado Onaiwu has paid tribute to his former boss, and new Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou after making his international debut for Japan against Serbia.

Onaiwu got 45 minutes of action for the first time yesterday after being included in previous squads.

The Yokohama F. Marinos attacker was effusive with his praise for Postecoglou. Onaiwu credits the new Bhoys man with developing his talents and allowing him to reach the international stage.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I always knew if I kept playing well and scoring goals for Yokohama, I would get a chance with my national team. And I owe this to my manager Ange Postecoglou who has left the club this week.

“I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with him, and he has been a huge influence in my career. I don’t mind admitting that when he first came to the club, I was confused with his training because it was of such high intensity.

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“But because of that, he improved my game immeasurably and you can see I got my rewards by playing against Serbia. I was able to speak to Mr Postecoglou before the match against Serbia; I thanked him for all his help and for helping me grow as a player. I will always be grateful for his guidance in my career.”

Ado Onaiwu to Celtic rumours already exist

Some outlets, such as Glasgow Live, have been reporting rumours of a potential move to Celtic for Onaiwu, but there are no substantial transfer links as far as I can tell.

Still, it’s interesting that Onaiwu rates our new boss so highly. The 25-year-old is undoubtedly on the rise. He netted 21 goals in 56 appearances for Postecoglou at Marinos. Clearly, there is a bond there. [Transfermarkt]

Ado Onaiwu has paid tribute to the new Celtic boss / (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

It’s unclear whether Ange will be bringing in some of his former players to Celtic. It could well be too much of a culture shock to expect instant results from players who move continents.

However, given how much his former charges revere him, it’s worth keeping an eye on their progress and public declarations!

In other news, an impressive Euro 2020 performer tonight was once on trial at Celtic.