Celtic reportedly closing in on manager that Tom Rogic compared to Brendan Rodgers in 2016
Celtic are reportedly closing in on a move to hire Australian manager Ante Postecoglou this summer, after a move to get Eddie Howe fell through. Such a move could certainly benefit playmaker Tom Rogic, who has worked under Postecoglou – and Rogic’s 2016 verdict will excite fans.
The Hoops confirmed in a statement they failed to get Howe, after failing to hire the staff he requested. Celtic have moved swiftly on to their second choice as manager in Postecoglou, who has been working in Japan.
The 55-year-old gaffer spent four years in charge of Australia between 2013 and 2017, before moving to Japan in 2018. He has since taken Yokohama F. Marinos from the depths of Japanese football to the J-League title in just two seasons. Highly-rated in Asia, Postecoglou is yet to embark on Europe.
But Celtic is now on the horizon. Sky Sports reported over the weekend that Postecoglou was in advanced talks with the Scottish side, and Rogic’s comparison from five years ago will have fans of the club excited. He compared Postecoglou to that of Rodgers, who is now at Leicester City.
Speaking in 2016, Rogic states Rodgers and Postecoglou share similarities: “It’s almost a bit of a similar feel. I see the managers being a little bit similar in ways. Both quite positive and both quite intense to work under,” Rogic told ESPN.
“The way it crosses over, it’s good for me to have that similar mindset going into both. The environment’s good, the team’s good; when you’re playing, you’re happy and, when you’re winning games, it’s all good.”
If Postecoglou anything like Rodgers, Celtic must get him
Using Rogic, Celtic can really convince Postecoglou to chance his arm at the club. It is fair to say that Rodgers has probably been one of Celtic’s most-successful managers in the entirety of their illustrious history. So, bringing in a manager that a current player believes is similar would be massive.
Many have stated that Postecoglou is intense. It is his way or not, according to Ryan McGowan. But that looks as though it is needed. Under Neil Lennon, things seemed to go a bit soft and getting a manager that is not afraid to get heated could be the way to spark the faltering Celtic players back into life.
Rogic – who almost moved to Qatar last summer for £3.5million (Glasgow Live) – might also benefit from having his old national manager in charge.
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