A lot of Celtic fans have missed the style of football that the club played under the management of Ange Postecoglou. Over his two seasons at Parkhead, the Australian manager developed one of the most fun-to-watch teams in recent memory. And it came with success too, five domestic trophies out of a possible six under very challenging circumstances.
Comparatively, the football that Celtic have played since the return of Brendan Rodgers has been uninspiring and slow at times. Hopefully, things will improve once, hopefully, some quality additions are made to the team.
As for Postecoglou, he has made a very positive impression since joining Tottenham Hotspur and is being considered one of the best managers in the world right now. And the Australian was full of praise for three Celtic players recently.
As reported by football.london, when asked if he had ever had a full-back as good at passing and as a playmaker as Pedro Porro, Postecoglou replied:
"Yeah, yeah, most of the guys, most of the teams I've had, whether it was at Celtic where Greg Taylor was very influential, Anthony Ralston, Alistair Johnston and when I was at Yokohama, Ken Matsubara. I could go on, they were all very influential and it's part of the way we play, and they all hugged me after a goal."
Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou praises Celtic trio
All three of them certainly played their part in Celtic's successes under the management of Postecoglou. And they were very influential in the style of football that the team played.
The way Taylor transformed from a squad player to one of Celtic's best and most consistent players following Postecoglou's appointment was certainly very impressive. On the other hand, Ralston was expected to leave the club in the summer of 2021 but went on to become a key player for the Hoops instead, especially in the 21/22 campaign.
Johnston did not play a long time under Postecoglou's management. But he did do a brilliant job and helped Celtic to a treble.
It is also very interesting that Postecoglou did not mention Josip Juranovic. The Croatian did leave the club in the middle of the season in order to join Union Berlin.