Mark Schwarzer: Celtic left with strong squad even without Ange Postecoglou

Mark Schwarzer has insisted that despite Celtic losing Ange Postecoglou earlier this week to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, the Parkhead club are still looking in very good condition for whoever lands the top job in the Scottish Premiership next time round.

Former Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Australian goalkeeper has been an advocate of Ange Postecoglou and his team during the coach’s time in Scotland and the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough stopper even interviewed his countryman for Optus Sport when he was still in Glasgow’s East End. Schwarzer was in no doubt from the beginning that his compatriot could coach at the highest level of the game in a Top Five League, and now he has the opportunity to do so following the events of the past few days.

Despite the void to Celtic Football Club that Ange Postecoglou has left behind as he heads for London, the retired ‘keeper reckons the Hoops are still looking pretty good to go for next season regardless. With a litany of talent readily available for the man who Dermot Desmond and the Celtic Board choose to lead the next chapter in the Bhoys’ illustrious history, and with funds abundant too, Schwarzer has tipped things to be unchanged for the supporters of Scotland’s Premier attraction.

Dermot Desmond is seen prior to the Celtic vs St Mirren Cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park on May 20, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Speaking on the GegenPod, he said: “I think the step up from Yokohama to Celtic was one that a lot of people didn’t think he was capable of. People hadn’t heard of him. There were so many doubters obviously going to Celtic. He silenced all those immediately almost.

“And I think since his time there he’s proven time and time again they’ve gotten better. He’s improved the squad time and time again with spending very little money in terms of the grand scheme of things. And it’s absolutely no surprise to me whatsoever that that a club in the Premier League, a big club in the Premier League, has come in for him.”

Folk will of course be nervous about Ange possibly returning for some of the players he brought to Celtic Park. However, we do have a plethora of talent within the ranks and if we do sell anybody, we will receive top dollar to reinvest in the side once more. Nothing changes as far as that is concerned. Rinse and repeat until we can create a squad that can compete at UEFA Champions League level. Just because Ange has left, there should be no reason not to continue on what he started.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

1 Comment

  1. Heed the breed on

    Kyogo jota daizan maeda abada hawata mcgregor?
    Are all possibilities for very good money making our stench of a board happy with glee.
    I just know our board have sticky little fingers all over this sine Jock Stein to Brendan Rodgers if the confidentiality agreement wasn’t signed we’d all know that the board are to blame for this.

    Why didn’t the board offer him a contract after the first season?why did he state that the we’ve identified all targets for this season?why the sudden dip in form after the hearts game we were absolutely shocking?

    Why are the board kidding there upset when 5 million for ange and reported staff going as well but I’ve see 30 million plus for kyogo.
    Do you think they care about supporters feeling’s.

    The board are Cowards and Spineless to feck profits dividends margins and profit is all they care about they only have to put up with the supporters once a year while tarquin and farquhar rubs there hands with greed while not giving to hoots about the team or supporters.

    Sure our board trito tarnish Jock Sten when he should of been handed the keys to parkhead like they done to wim Jansen Martin O’Neil Gordon Strachan Neil Lennon first time Brendan Rodgers Ange notice how the board put the blame onto all managers and it’s never there fault.
    But if you were to ask all managers if they wanted to sign a confidentiality agreement they’d all disagree it’s the board that insisted on it funny that isn’t.