Gordon Strachan calls Celtic signing from Real Madrid 'uncoachable'

Motherwell V Celtic, Scottish Premiership
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Celtic have enjoyed continuous success in this century. Naturally, they have had quite a few successful coaches as well. Of course, names like Martin O'Neill, Brendan Rodgers and Ange Postecoglou are brought up immediately. But one name that is overlooked at times is that of Gordon Strachan.

Strachan spent four years managing Celtic and won six trophies during that period of time. That includes three league titles. And it is also worth remembering that Rangers were stronger back then than the Ibrox club are today.

One of the most interesting signings Celtic made during Strachan's run as manager was that of Thomas Gravesen. He was signed from Real Madrid for a transfer fee believed to be around £2 million.

And it looks like Strachan viewed Gravesen as someone who was 'uncoachable'. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, the former Celtic manager said on No Tippy Tappy Football:

"Thomas is the nicest man, great technique, fit, but uncoachable.

“He was uncoachable. That was a problem for the team because it would break down because Thomas would go and do his own thing.

“His concentration level was zilch and even during games he’d be doing things and you would be just like, ‘What is he doing?’.

“So he was uncoachable but you could not dislike him. And Thomas no matter what, even if I left him out of the team or anything, he would come over and say, ‘Good morning Gordon’ and then walk on again.

“He wasn’t bothered. That’s Thomas but he was a brilliant lad, honestly."

Gordon Strachan calls Celtic signing from Real Madrid 'uncoachable'

Gravesen had an interesting career for sure. There is no doubt that he was pretty good during his first spell at Everton but not many would have expected him to switch the Merseyside club for Real Madrid.

That is exactly what happened. And it is not like he spent his entire career at Real Madrid sitting on the bench. Gravesen might not have been there for long, but he did play a decent bit of football for Los Blancos.

He made a promising start to life at Celtic as well but ultimately, things did not work out. He spent a season on loan at Everton as well before calling it a day. He was in his early 30s at the time, The good news is that Gravesen is believed to have found success after leaving football through his investments and lives in the United States.