No to Muscat and it’s not because of his Ibrox connection

Whenever the Celtic hot seat becomes vacant you get all sorts of names bandied about and this time around is no exception. One left field suggestion has been another Aussie, Kevin Muscat. Muscat, as we know was a horrible kind of player most renowned for his spell at Wolves and he also as we know had a spell at the old Rangers.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 25: Kevin Muscat the assistant coach and Ange Postecoglou the coach of the Victory looks on during the round three A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium on October 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

I wouldn’t take him at the club and it’s not because of his Ibrox past, far form it. Like most Celtic supporters I would welcome a guy who I thought would be a success at the club despite what side he did and didn’t play for. It wouldn’t even enter the mind.

Just like Ange Postecoglou, Muscat has made his name by winning trophies at club level in his native Australia, and currently with Ange’s old side Yokohama F. Marinos.

Kevin Muscat and Ange Postecoglou the coach of the Victory give instructions during the round 26 A-League match between the Melbounre Victory and the Perth Glory at AAMI Park on March 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

That’s where the similarities end though. Ange was also tried and tested in international football leading his nation to the World Cup finals and of course victory in the Asian Cup.

I’m sure Muscat is a talented coach, but he would be expected to work the same wonders as Ange and that is not ideal. The pressure would be huge on him from the start.

Ideally we want someone with experience of football management in this country or in European football with no connection to our former manager. Someone who can come in and hit the ground running straight away with his own ideas. I have high reservations of Kevin Muscat being that man. I doubt it will him though, hopefully I’m right on this one.

Head coach Ange Postecoglou and assistant coach Kevin Muscat of the Victory look on during a Melbourne Victory A-League training session at Gosch’s Paddock on June 25, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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  1. Muscat couldn’t get Melbourne Victory, with all their money and salary cap fudging into the top 6 and was sacked. When he has won anything it was because the pieces were already in position when he arrived.
    Ange built the team in Japan all Musky had to do was sit in the dug out.
    If you are looking at Australian managers the next in line to Ange is Tony Poppavic but he has just guided Melbourne Victory to probably their worst season ever.
    A dark horse would be Montgomery who just won the A league grand final with a team most expected to be mid to lower table.
    We need to sort this out now! We can’t wait. New manager needs to get players in and get them fit and accustomed to the system and new team mates. The new season will be on us in a very short time.
    Just glad West Ham will be looking to keep Moyes now, as he would be a disaster at Celtic, would hark back to Ronny Deila era. Rodgers? Did we forget the horrors of his last season? I backed him, being I am a loyal fan but he has shown his whole career that he has no plan b. We need someone who plays with the attacking flair we all love but only after he has a solid back line and will be proactive when things aren’t working.
    I believe Ted Lasso is free.

    • Muscat won 2 titles with Victory Dan, and contrary to your thoughts on the salary cap, that club has never been a salary cap cheat (unlike the two teams that play in sky blue but that is a debate for elsewhere).

      Where we do agree is that he is not a good fit for the next Celtic manager. He is very good at continuing the work that Ange leaves for him, but in the style of Neil Lennon, it ultimately unravels and he has no plan B. He is a one trick pony and it is the trick Ange taught him.

      Tony Popovic gets a team organised year one and delivers results, albeit they get ground out in an ugly style. Year 2 onwards it falls apart. His football is hideous and he is a million miles away from what Celtic need or would accept.

      The Australian experiment was a one off because we lucked out on the one decent Aussie coach out of desperation on the back of the Howe fiasco. We should not be going back into that market for the foreseeable. We need to aim higher IMO.