IN a city where football managers get chewed and spit, Ange Postecoglou gets his gloves treated.
We all know why. The likeable Aussie was behind the eight ball from day one at Parkhead.
Thanks to a board that couldn’t have made his shift harder if he had worn Rangers blazers, Postecoglou objected.
Eddie Howe’s unfathomable pursuit saw Big Angel inheriting a dog dinner. No time to name your own behind-the-scenes team. No hiring manager to bounce back. No football manager shares the bulk of the work.
If Unai Emery can refuse Newcastle, Postecoglou would have been forgiven if he had told Dermot Desmond to join us. So fair play to the guy for taking on what looked like an impossible mission.
But that shouldn’t make him immune to criticism when he’s wrong.
The goodwill of punters will not last forever. So far he’s had an easy ride.
In other words, if Neil Lennon had left Kyogo Furuhashi against Livingston last week, he would have been set on fire.
Unless Postecoglou stops having, he will have Celtic’s support for his case for the first time. Bettors are starting to question his judgment, and for good reason.
I would say the Celts lost the first Old Firm game of the season because he played against Kyogo at Ibrox.
Odsonne Edouard had put the pipe and the slippers on Govan that afternoon.
In no time, the Japanese forward was played in the middle, he had the Rangers baseline in knots.
Fast forward a few months and Kyogo is still being wasted.
If Postecoglou had a good reason to leave Furuhashi against Livingston, I’d love to hear it.
Burnout? Do me a favor. We’re not talking about 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo here. Kyogo is ten years younger, he is at his physical peak.
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Without checking the numbers, I guess Callum McGregor has played a lot more football than Kyogo in recent seasons.
And when the Japanese are by far the Celts’ best striker, he has to play.
If the Australian thinks Furuhashi needs a rest, leave him out of the cup matches. Angel should have noticed that this year’s title is worth £ 40million to the winners.
Faced with this money, the Europa League, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup are irrelevant.
Sorry, but I saw no reason to celebrate by beating a team from Ferencvaros who had lost their last seven games in European competition. Hungarians are the whip boys of the section for a reason, they are average at best.
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Livingston’s match was the one the Celts had to win. But with Kyogo parked on the bench for an hour, we had a repeat of the September loss in West Lothian.
That afternoon, Livi let the Celts have the ball wide knowing their center-backs could defend crosses. Obviously from last weekend’s game, Postecoglou didn’t learn anything in the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Equally disconcerting was the call to remove Josip Juranovic from the late penalty that could have won the game.
When points are on the line, you don’t give Giorgos Giakoumakis the opportunity to improve his numbers. You go with the guy who already has the charts and that was Juranovic.
If the five points lost to Livingston prove to be decisive in the title race, Postecoglou will have to raise his hand. Despite all his endearing features, there is an intransigence in him that worries.
It was never more evident than the night the Celts beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 at home. Did he really think his team could compete with a proper Bundesliga outfit?
By the time the dust settles on Celtic’s trip to Leverkusen later this month, we’ll have a better idea of what Postecoglou is all about.
If he took on another job opening up in Germany, I would question his suitability for the job. In this craft, dots are more valuable than artistic printing.
He must be more pragmatic in recognizing the limits of his team.
For now, winning the Rangers Premiership must be the priority. With proper support in the next window, they could shut down the Gers.
Playing his best striker in his privileged position would be a good start.
Recently Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that you have to play your best players. Do you hear this Angel?
BEFORE my first Old Firm game as a Sky co-commentator, I called Celtic boss Tommy Burns on the morning of the game for a steer on his squad.
Having shared a lodge for years, Tam was happy to help.
I didn’t think I had the slightest chance of getting Walter Smith’s team, but I called him anyway.
“Do you have Tommy’s team?” Walter asked. “Yeah, I got it,” I said. “Take a pen and paper and I’ll fix it for you.”
That a manager from the Gers was ready to help an ex-Celt making his TV debut was a measure of the man.
A class act.
AFTER a few months at Manchester United Davie Moyes told me that some in his dressing room weren’t playing for him. It was on her ear within nine months.
After bombing Real Sociedad and Sunderland, the big guy looked stranded.
Yet four years later, he scored his 1000th canoe match.
With the Hammers keeping United out of Champions League spots, Moyes has to suck lemons to keep the smile on his face.
THE hotel guest who swept aside Hibs players who allegedly violated Covid protocols in Dingwall must have a sad life.
Instead of approaching the direction of Hibs, he instead rushed towards Hampden.
Jack Ross’ players are accused of covering up masks, which has sparked an investigation.
Good, but I bet you no club in the country follows the ridiculous rules of Covid to the letter.
And when players kiss face to face at celebrations, what does it matter?
Linesmen who are late in reporting are annoying me.
The ball is played to the attacker who is clearly offside but the flag remains down, play continues for ages until the flag is finally raised.
Hugh Dallas tells me they’ve been told to keep their flag down unless they’re certain of an offside, but it’s a nightmare for defenders who want a flag early.
While we’re at it, forget any chance of having VAR in our Premiership soon.
If the clubs vote for it in February, it will take at least nine months to train the referees.
Currently, only Bobby Madden, Willie Collum, and John Beaton are VAR compliant.
While Leigh Griffiths and Charlie Adam make headlines in Dundee, Paul McMullan is one of the backing vocals.
I don’t know why because for me the little man steals the show at Dens Park.
McMullan is the throwback that brings you down from your seat, skinning defenders for the fun of it.
I could watch this guy every day of the week and not get sick of it.
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