Just 2 wins in 11; Manager Celtic eyed before Postecoglou sacked already

Celtic, following the sacking of Neil Lennon and a season with more head-in-hands moments than almost the entirety of the previous decade put together, wanted something new. Something different. Something exciting.

A truly modern coach. One capable of instilling the sort of free-flowing, possession-based football that had followed Brendan Rodgers out the door, replaced by a one-dimensional, not-quite-prehistoric but certainly not contemporary approach during Lennon’s ill-fated and incident-heavy second spell in the Parkhead dugout. 

So it made perfect sense that Chris Wilder, per reports, would join one Ange Postecoglou on the Hoops’ wishlist. 

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Ange Postecoglou over Chris Wilder

“Celtic is a typical club that Wilder could regenerate,” former fans’ favourite Tony Cascarino told talkSPORT of a man who dragged boyhood club Sheffield United from the depths of the third tier to the top half of the Premier League. 

“He builds football clubs and that’s what he’s done over the years.” 

So too, it turns out, is Postecoglou. And there can never be enough praise paid to the Celtic chiefs for putting their faith in a man who, before bidding a cheerful g’day to the Glasgow masses a year-and-a-half ago, was about as far from a household name in Scotland’s second city as you could wish to find. As gambles go, this is one that certainly hit the jackpot.

Postecoglou has ticked just about every box at Celtic. He’s once again establishing them at the very top of the domestic game. Back into the Champions League. All the while insisting upon a style that would make even the Rodgers sides look pedestrian by comparison. 

Postecoglou’s Celtic will take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League group-stages this week. Wilder, however, suddenly finds himself with a clear calendar; paying the price for Middlesbrough’s dismal start to the season. Wilder was supposed to transform Boro into automatic promotion contenders. Instead, he leaves them in the relegation zone with two wins out of 11, even if he may argue that a lack of quality investment left him trying to build a castle on sand. 

Whoever is to blame for Middlesbrough’s malaise, Celtic’s decision to hand the reigns to Postecoglou looks even more inspired now than it did a couple of months ago. 

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