“Ange Postecoglou looks to me to be the new Ronny Deila,” Charlie Nicholas

It was Monday yesterday so Kris Commons put the boot into Celtic in his Daily Mail column and just as we predicted this morning it would be Charlie Nicholas’ turn in the Daily Express.  And Charlie had been sitting there thinking that he didn’t want to disappoint…

“Ange Postecoglou looks to me to be the new Ronny Deila,” Nicholas states. “I am not sure Postecoglou has realised how big Celtic really are before he came in. I believe he has missed a pitch. I think Ange thought he would just come in here and his playing style would get him over the line, no problem. But it is not about style, it is about winning.

Photo: Vagelis Georgariou

“Ronny came in and thought: ‘I will get the players really fit.’ He then brought in John Collins to help him and it got results but, in the long term, teams were getting closer to Celtic and they had to bring in Brendan Rodgers. People are casting him as the next Tony Mowbray. In Tony’s defence, he was told before he took the Celtic job there were funds, but they were never produced. Tony was then left exposed and what followed was Neil Lennon’s first spell at the club.

“I am not saying Ange is being exposed but he is not making the best of things. Celtic are in meltdown just now. I know Ange is going to fight and scrap against anything but he is standing there without even his own No. 2 beside him. He has no protection or help. The manager is not under pressure over his job. I know it is a results business and his team is not playing well. The responsibility for things on the pitch should lie at the manager’s door.

Celtic v Dundee United – cinch Premiership – Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou. Photo Jane Barlow

“This manager is on the edge. Thursday against Bayer Leverkusen is not going to help him and if they were to lose in Aberdeen then I think a lot of the fans would turn.

“I watched them against Dundee United. Cameron Carter-Vickers should have been red-carded and United should have been given a penalty. It is falling into the category of being so average again. There is no shape or structure. How much do they miss Callum McGregor in the midfield? It really is scary.

“I think it is a gigantic week for Celtic and if they don’t get results Ange won’t be sacked but the pressure will grow on the board. It is the biggest week in probably the last 10 years or even longer.”

 Cameron Carter-Vickers. Photo Jeff Holmes

Where do you start with all of this? Let’s start with Nicholas’ take on the Dundee United penalty claim at the weekend. Cameron Carter Vickers should have had a penalty awarded against him and been given a red card for practically the same ‘offence’ as the Dundee United player seconds earlier who barged into Carl Starfelt to set up the penalty claim in the first place.

Even Kevin Clancy knew he couldn’t point to the spot after doing United a massive favour in allowing play to continue maybe in the hope that they’d score – and if it hadn’t been for Cameron Carter-Vickers fighting fire with fire they might well have done exactly that. And the chances of Clancy pulling the play back for the blatant foul on Starfelt was of course nil. Clancy had enough self awareness to realise that on Saturday, Nicholas not so after a few days sitting there thinking about it.

League titles Ronny lost at Celtic…nil. With friends like Commons and Nicholas…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. Like every other thing that comes out of Charlie’s thick gob this is rubbish. Everyone knows how big celtic are, we keep telling them and the papers keep telling them. No one arrives at Celtic Park without knowing that Celtic are a huge club. What they maybe don’t know is the viciousness and lies of the media. They are shocked that journalists and ex-plyers work tirelessly to make their job harder by writing snarky crappy pieces like Charlie does. That they take pleasure in contributing to someone getting the sack. They also won’t know that the Celtic support are thick enough to buy into this. Ange does appear to be making his own life as difficult as he can. He did say something stupid the other day when he claimed ‘you hand titles out early here’, he should know that to win the league in Scotland a team needs to be about 90-95 points. That means Celtic cannot really afford to drop any points in the remaining games. That is not going to happen. I think he will be gone on January 3rd. We will lose to them and be 15 points or so behind and Ange will be gone. The board will not give him extra time as they did this with Lennon and the next 8 months was a disaster. Need to prepare for next season and go though a thousand candidates before appointing Roy Keane.

  2. Ronny’s doing more than ok at New York City thanks very much Charlie. Why don’t you come up and show everybody how it’s done. As for Ange do you think Stein would have won in 67 without McNeill, Murdoch ,Johnstone and one or two others in the team and only a few young boys to put in as replacements? I don’t. Why do we expect Ange to do that from a much less strong position?He will get the extra time then Kennedy and Strachan will be appointed till next season. No money will be spent in the next transfer window either there would be no point. If Ange goes that is the beginning of the trouble ,not the end.