Date: 3rd June 2021 at 9:09pm
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When Vital Celtic reported that the Hoops board had sorted a compensation package with Yokohama F Marinos to allow Ange Postecoglou to come to Glasgow and take over the Parkhead hot seat, it was refreshing to hear one Scottish pundit, finally, have something good to say about him.

Not since the days of Ronny Deila, have I seen such a media backlash on a possible Celtic manager, and to be honest, it has left a sour taste in my mouth. Postecoglou might very well be the answer for Celtic, in fact, many Australian pro’s that have plied their trade here have spoken very highly of him. But on the flip side, he may not. But that is the gamble that’s taken with any new managerial appointment.

The arguments against Postecoglou could have very well been levied towards Eddie Howe.  In fact, Postecoglou has probably more knowledge of the Scottish game due to his scouting duties for the Australian National Team than Howe ever will so I find it very strange that this was used as a stick to beat him with.

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Anyway, one pundit who did admit to not knowing anything about the former Socceroo’s boss until he googled him was Davie Provan. Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, the former Celtic star was a bit more magnanimous in his observations, “Listen to the pitch is the same size in Australia as it is in Scotland, so you know it’s a universal game isn’t it? You can either coach or you can’t.

“And I, like so many other people, had never heard of the the guy. But having googled him and done a little research, his record is very good.

“I guess if there is a risk involved with this guy it will be that he hasn’t coached in Europe.”

Not exactly a glowing reference, but better than some of the outright nonsense I have heard and read over the last week. Like I say, any manager is a new gamble and I hope Postecoglou rams the comments of some of his critics down their throats.

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