Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has reflected upon the opening few months of Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops career, which saw the 56-year old lift his first trophy as manager.
As reported by Glasgow World, Bonner believes that Ange has done a ‘remarkable’ job to bring the squad to the level they find themselves now, given the massive job the former Socceroos boss had on his hands in the summer.
Bonner also praised Postecoglou for the relationship he has created so early on with the Celtic support and also how he acts as a ‘father figure’ to some of the players.
He said: “I could be giving Ange probably an eight out of ten at the moment. From where they were to where they are, it’s remarkable.
“He’s got a great relationship with the support in a very short time, which is fairly unique as he’s only been in the door for six months.
“Considering the way the fans were at the end of last season, for someone to come in and make that happen over such a short period has been dramatic.
“Winning the first trophy is massive for any Celtic manager. If they hadn’t won it against Hibs, then it would have been a big disappointment.
“We’d then be saying ‘He’s doing OK but…’. However, once you get that first trophy in the cabinet, you are still in touch and challenging in the league; the picture looks different.
“I think they have done really well with the manager. He also seems to be something of a father figure. He was talking about the young lad Joey Dawson after the game at St Johnstone and was talking about how the B team plays in the same way.
“That means he has a big influence throughout the club, which is a big thing to do when you consider where he’s come from and so on.”
It has certainly been an eventful first few months of the campaign for the Celtic support, with plenty of ups and downs along the way.
Ultimately, Ange has already shown exactly why he is the man to lead the club forward and why he will succeed in Glasgow.
There is still a long way to go when it comes to settling the 2021/22 campaign. However, I am sure the majority of fans are looking forward now to getting into the second half of the season.