ALAN HUTTON has instructed the Celtic board to give Ange Postecoglou a long-term contract amidst rumours linking the Aussie manager to the vacant Brighton job.
Of course, these rumours don’t look to have any substance to them, with the Celtic manager not named on the four-man shortlist that the South English side has drawn up. Still, the media, particularly in Scotland, are keen to keep his name in the headlines, continuously linking him to be Graham Potter’s successor.
The boss is currently on a one-year rolling deal at Parkhead. Brendan Rodgers was on a similar deal when he came to Celtic but was eventually tied down to a long-term contract so that when a club did come hunting, the Glasgow side would get a decent compensation fee.
It would show a real statement from Celtic if they were to go out and hand Ange Postecoglou a long-term deal, especially after his immediate success. It would show that the board are continuing to back the manager and deter any clubs from approaching the Celtic boss.
Speaking to Football Insider, Alan Hutton explained what he would do if he were part of the Celtic hierarchy.
“If I was the hierarchy at Celtic I’d want to tie him down for a long time.
“What he’s done since he’s come through the door at the club is quite remarkable to be quite honest.”
“Not just the turnaround in playing staff but the playing style and everybody has bought into that. Some of the football they have played is incredible.
“Not just the Old Firm game but against Real Madrid, the European champions, they played the exact same way and they were unlucky they just ran out of a bit of steam.
“If it was me, I would definitely want to tie him down. I can understand why teams like Brighton are looking at him because he’s done a remarkable job since he’s come in to Celtic.”
Many fans feel the same about the situation. After murmurings suggested discussions had opened in the summer, many are hoping that an agreement can be reached and Postecoglou will put pen to paper on a long-term deal.