Brendan Rodgers’ exciting verdict on Celtic-linked Ange Postecoglou

Celtic’s managerial search took an unexpected turn a couple of days back as it emerged that talks had broken down with Eddie Howe. The former Bournemouth manager had been the favourite for the Parkhead job for months and as a result, it was clearly a huge blow to the club.

Since then, current Yokohama F. Marinos manager, Ange Postecoglou, has emerged as the new favourite to get the job. Most fans cannot be blamed for not being familiar with his career though.

Postecoglou has managed the likes of the Australia national team, Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and South Melbourne. His only stint in Europe till now, has been with Greek side Panachaiki. Brendan Rodgers’ past comments about the manager should be a cause for excitement though. In 2013, when he was the manager of Liverpool, they had faced a Melbourne Victory side managed by Postecoglou.

As reported by Fox Sports, Rodgers said:

“Melbourne Victory is a very good side, I’ve got to say that their coach is outstanding.

“I’ve had a couple of chats with him and to see his team play, he’s very similar to myself and he believes the game should be played in a certain way.

“You can see the team is very well coached, so we knew it was going to be a tough game for us.”

Postecoglou could be the right fit for Celtic

It is not hard to understand why fans could be disappointed by the manner in which the Howe to Celtic saga came to an end. But it is what it is, and we must move on from it as quickly as possible with the new season approaching fast.

Postecoglou might not be someone that many would have expected in the Parkhead dugout, but he could certainly be the right fit for the team.

He has had success at most places he has been at through the course of his career. He has won league titles with three different clubs and won the AFC Asian Cup with the Australian national team as well.

Postecoglou has come to be known for the attacking style of football that his sides play. You just need to look at his Yokohama F. Marinos side for proof. In the past 3 seasons under him, they have finished as the second highest scorers in the league twice and the highest scorers on one occasion. This season also, they have the second best attack in the J1 League as they sit at third on the table.

Of course, the risk with this kind of an appointment would be that Postecoglou has never managed at a top European club and we don’t know how well he will make that adjustment. And that is a genuine concern for certain. But one thing is for sure, he can transform this Celtic side back into a goalscoring machine with the proper backing in the transfer market.