UCL – Ange Postecoglou wants to ‘pull Celtic into that sphere,’ says MON

Martin O’Neill was at Hampden earlier this week to promote Viaplay’s live and exclusive coverage of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and theRangers on Sunday.

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Celtic manager Martin O’Neill. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The legendary former Celtic manager was asked for his thoughts on the current Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and like just about everyone else in the game, he has been mightily impressed by the job the former Australian national coach has done at his old club.

“Postecoglou is getting a good reputation. He’s really highly thought of. Not just at Celtic, but by a lot of people, hence his name being mentioned all over the place as a consequence of how well he’s doing,” Martin O’Neill said, as reported by Scottish Sun.

“His whole demeanour is really good. I’ve met him twice. I met him at a Celtic charity thing in London last year. He was really pleasant. And the game they won the league against Motherwell last season, I was covering it for TV and he came parading round for the interview.

“I think he enjoys it here. I’m not speaking for him, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t want to have a real crack at the Champions League next season, to pull Celtic into that sphere. Who knows? Ask him! You’re dealing with him on a weekly basis anyway. He looks to me, from a distance, really happy. I think that genuinely means a lot,” MON said.

Reflecting on his own time at Celtic, Martin insists that he would never have left the club, but family circumstances meant that he had to call time on his dream job.  That of course is very much in contrast to Brendan Rodgers who talked the talk as a Celtic supporting successful manager but jumped ship via a moonlight flit to the East Midlands, in the first chance he got to get back to the Premier League. Ange Postecoglou, MON believes, is not going to pull a similar trick on Celtic.

“I came up here in 2000 having left Leicester,” O’Neill recalled. ” I wouldn’t have left Leicester for too many teams, even ones in the Premier League. I came up here and of course you have to win. If you’re winning then your life is going to be a lot better.

“I wouldn’t have changed this for anything. Absolutely. And (Ange’s) experiences here, I don’t think he’d change. He’s on such a run at the moment, regardless of what happens at the weekend, that I think he’d want to continue. That’s my view from outside.

“I didn’t jump. I went because of personal reasons. I would’ve stayed until they bombed me. Sooner or later, you get bombed. Of course, I would have stayed. If my wife hadn’t taken ill, I’d have stayed.”

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