ANGE POSTECOGLOU called Riley McGree to his first national team squad in March 2017 to have a look at the then 18-year-old and assess if he was ready to feature for the team. For both games that March, against Iraq and U.A.E. he was named on the bench.
It was reported this morning by the Daily Mail that Celtic have taken over Middlesbrough and are now set to steal the player from the Championship club.
Back in 2017, Ange Postecoglou has been quoted talking about the midfielder. It is obvious that the Celtic manager, then Socceroos manager, had seen potential in the player and was willing to give him a chance.
As quoted by ESPN, this is what Ange said;
“We haven’t had in the A-League too many teenagers even getting a run these days … I’ve never felt like I’ve needed to sit on these things,”
“I’ve always felt if there’s somebody there I want to have a look at I’ll bring them in.
“I’m not going to wait because in the past we’ve just waited too long, particularly with some of our younger players.
“If he does well at training he could play. Obviously I want to bring him in to have a look at him in the environment.
“But we are there to play well and win some games and if he looks like he’s adjusted well in training and looks bright then we won’t be afraid to throw him in.”
This is an exciting potential transfer. Ange has obviously followed his development since he was a young player, if this deal goes over the line it will show, yet again, the backing of Ange.