Date: 10th June 2021 at 4:29pm
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has turned to cricket for an analogy on the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as manager.

The worst kept secret in football was confirmed at 9am this morning with a series of video interviews from the newly appointed manager and in-coming CEO . On the Celtic website there were words of endorsement from Peter Lawwell.

Do you think Ange Postecoglou will win the 21/22 SPFL title?

Yes, I'm all in, the bounce back is underway

Yes, I'm all in, the bounce back is underway

No, Ange is walking into a club in turmoil

No, Ange is walking into a club in turmoil

Behind the hype and high-fiving of today’s announcement Postecoglou is facing a bigger task than any other Celtic manager has taken on since took over from in 1978. That was on the back of a fifth placed finish in the Premier Division, a defeat to First Division Kilmarnock and European exit to SSW Innsbruck.

A week today Celtic begin pre-season training. Of the team that started the final match of last season only Vasilis Barkas is scheduled to attend. Postecoglou will be looking on from afar.

On Tuesday the draw will be made for the Champions League qualifying round, in the non-Champions route they will face Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray or with those matches to be played on July 20/21 and 27/28.

Putting together a squad or team in time for those dates looks highly unlikely, all of those possible opponents are superior to Cluj, and AEK Athens who have ended the hopes of Celtic in the last three seasons.

Sutton’s view might not be popular but it is hard to argue that the odds are stacked massively against Postecoglou making a success of his critical first 106 days in the job.