Ange Postecoglou left Celtic merely days after leading them to a domestic treble to take the Tottenham Hotspur job and it is safe to say that the Hoops are still feeling his absence. It was thought that the club had brought in the best replacement possible in Brendan Rodgers but the team has disappointed so far in this campaign, in terms of results and performances.
On the other hand, Postecoglou has made quite the impression at Tottenham Hotspur. They still appear to be title contenders despite injuries to key players.
Thus, Postecoglou deserves a lot of credit. His success in the Premier League has come as a surprise to many but not Celtic fans.
It was long before his move to Tottenham Hotspur that Postecoglou was being linked with Premier League clubs. But it looks like the idea of leaving in the middle of the season never crossed the Australian manager's mind.
Postecoglou makes fantastic claim about leaving Celtic
One such club to be linked with the Australian was Brighton & Hove Albion. But as reported by The Scotsman, Postecoglou said:
"No, look I didn’t have discussions with Brighton at the time and to be honest there wasn’t really the possibility that I would leave Celtic mid-season.
“I had only been there a year-and-a-half and even though there was nothing real and people weren’t really saying to me that clubs wanted to talk to me, I kind of knew in my mind that if I was going to do it, it would have to be after the second year because I was never going to leave within the year."
Postecoglou did not end up leaving Celtic in the middle of the season. Instead, he waited till the end of the campaign, guiding them to a historic treble, before making the move to London.
A lot of fans were not happy that Postecoglou left after just two years at the club. But at the same time. most understood that this was perhaps his last chance to manage a Big Six Premier League team. He certainly has not disappointed with the chance that he has received.
On the other hand, there are question marks over Rodgers' future at Celtic, as he has struggled to get the team going. The upcoming Glasgow Derby is very important for the team and could be a season-defining game.