Two Celtic legends are raving about the impact Ange Postecoglou has had on the club since his appointment at the end of last season.
The Aussie’s arrival was met with scepticism from Celtic fans, who were unaware of Postecoglou’s abilities, with many in uproar over the board’s decision to hire an apparent ‘no name’.
However, Postecoglou has already turned public opinion on its head having won six consecutive games and introduced the type of football, dubbed “Ange-ball”, fans have spent years yearning for.
Now, Postecoglou is preparing for his first Old Firm derby this weekend against Rangers and he’s received strong backing from two Celtic legends in Charlie Nicholas and Jackie McNamara.
Nicholas was full of praise for the type of football the former Socceroos head coach has got the Hoops playing so far, and he doesn’t expect him to compromise his attacking style for the game with Rangers on Sunday night (AEST).
Watch the Old Firm Derby with beIN SPORTS on Kayo, Sunday 9PM AEST. New to Kayo? Try 14 Days Free Now >
In his Express column, Nicholas wrote: “On Sunday, Ange Postecoglou gets his first taste of the derby against Rangers.
“I don’t think Postecoglou has any philosophy other than to go all-out and win matches. The recent run of fixtures have been kind, but he has got the results and in a style that’s exciting for fans to watch.
“Celtic are playing with passion, penetration and pace right now. These three elements are what his team is all about.
“He is a risk taker. His players have to take responsibility, but it is not set in stone. Postecoglou wants to play on the front foot and that is what is making it so exciting for Celtic fans just now.
“They are dominating the ball against the likes of St Mirren, but will they be given that time and space against Rangers?
“Postecoglou hasn’t got a lot of headaches, as it stands, and I don’t think he will change anything against Rangers.
Another former Celtic star, Jackie McNamara has revealed how much he would have loved to play under Postecoglou after seeing the way the team plays in the full-back channels.
“I would have loved it,” he told 67hailhail.com. “I would’ve loved to play in [Ange’s] team.
“Bombing forward, creating chances, even just having that freedom. You see them moving around in the midfield area, Greg [Taylor] coming in, sets up the goal for Turnbull last week.
“It makes sense to do that. Why is that your position, just to stay there the whole time? When we’re in possession, you have freedom to go and create, and try and create chances. When it’s not there, you get back in your shape quickly.
“It’s good to watch.”
McNamara also revealed how surprised he was that Postecoglou has got Celtic back on track so quickly, having been forced to watch Rangers lift the Scottish Premiership last season, and is backing Celtic to win both in the Europa League this week and the Old Firm derby.
“It’s [a challenge] that you’re not sure what to expect,” he added. “But, looking at it, what we’ve seen is progression, at a really quick rate. I didn’t expect the team to be as gelled as they have been.
“Even with new players coming, how they’ve adapted. Kyogo, how he’s settled into the team right away, scoring goals. Abada, I think he’s made a good contribution.
“Obviously there’s one or two they’ll still looking to bring in, but the goalkeeper was a crucial signing for us. You know who the number 1 is, there’s no argument there.
“I think [winning both] is achievable. Don’t get me wrong, they’re two difficult games, two different games. But I think you take care of Thursday first, and everybody will be up for Sunday.
“I think two wins is achievable.”