Gordon Strachan urged pundits to look into Ange Postecoglou’s successful career before criticizing Celtic’s appointment.
The Greek-born Australian has been chosen to lead the Bhoys after a long 106-day hunt for Neil Lennon’s replacement.
Postecoglou is one of Australia’s most successful club coaches with two Premierships, four Championships and a Continental title to his name.[/caption]
Postecoglou, however, will not be there to greet them on their first day back – the 55-year-old is now preparing for a 10-day stay in quarantine upon his arrival from Japan, where he coached the team from J-League Yokohama F. Marinos.
Her appointment raised eyebrows in many people, who see her as a huge gamble.
But Strachan, who managed Celtic from 2005 to 2009, insisted those around Parkhead are pretty much ‘excited’ about the arrival of Postecoglou, who was named on a first rolling 12-month contract.
“Everyone is overreacting as usual,” said the Scottish legend. “The point is, Angel, coming up, if you really look at what he’s doing and the people who’ve worked with him, you’re talking about a top manager here.
“There’s no point in asking the experts because they’ve never seen him play, they’ve never seen his training, they’ve never seen his teams, they’ve never spoken to his players. Ask the players who have worked with a coach what he looks like, you will find out the truth.
“I think the Celtics are excited about this.
“I’ve always said, if you ever get the chance to be Celtic’s manager, take it. When the crowds come back you have the best nights in European football. It doesn’t get any better.
“I am sure he will be a success. I’m delighted to have someone who thinks outside the box, and not just a name that we see regularly.
“I want to see new people on camera, I want to see known training methods – and I think that’s what we’re going to get.”
Postecoglou called his nomination “one of the greatest honors in football” after his confirmation on Thursday morning.
He said: “The opportunity given to me is one of the greatest honors in football and the responsibility of leading our magnificent football club into the future is a responsibility that I will cherish very much.
“Celtic is one of the ‘names’ in world football, there is no doubt about it. A giant club, a real football institution and so much more – real history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul.
“I know Celtic is a real way of life for so many people and I know the demands that come with this position – I’m willing to do whatever I can to meet those demands.
“I will do whatever I can to put our great club back on top and at the same time deliver the kind of football our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the goals that I have always set for myself and that I am now starting to work on.