After seven weeks inside the building Dom McKay finally spoke to the Celtic support- and left no one in any doubt that he is fully on board the Postecoglou Bus.
McKay doesn’t formally take up his job until July 1 but made it very clear that he is working closely with the new Celtic boss to rebuild a club that looks in complete disarray.
After a 106 day wait to appoint a manager Postecoglou has got 40 days to put a team together to get the better of Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray or Midtjylland in a Champions League qualifier. Failure at that stage will close the door on a £30m windfall similar to Ferencvaros last season.
McKay spoke in a way that suggested that Postecoglou was coming in as Director of Football with talk of grand plans, philosophies and developing players through from Academy level. His interview was light on detail. No start date, no contract length, no mention of assistants and no sign of a Head of Football Operations.
Postecoglou’s knowledge of the Scottish, British and European transfer market will be light at best, with a massive rebuild of the first team needed and time already lost the new manager is going to need every bit of help possible.
Now that he has spoken to the support McKay needs to deliver. Nothing inside Celtic is currently up to scratch, getting a run of results on the park buys some time but after a 106 day wait time is something that the new manager doesn’t have. Whenever he gets to check in at Lennoxtown.
Do you think Ange Postecoglou will win the 21/22 SPFL Premiership title?
Yes, I'm all in, the bounce back is underway
No, Ange is walking into a club in turmoil
I’m delighted that we’ve managed to secure Ange as the new manager of Celtic Football Club. Ange is an outstanding leader and an outstanding manager.
In all my discussions with him to date, I’ve been really impressed by his enthusiasm for Celtic, and his keenness to work with me to modernise and develop the footballing structures and the non-footballing structures to make sure we are the successful club that we need to be for the generation ahead.
His experience at the international level, having taken Australia to World Cups is hugely impressive, as is his experience of winning both in Australia and Japan, so I’m excited about securing a winning manager and in securing someone who wants to drive forward the club in a way that I think everyone will be really proud about.
We’ve spent a lot of time chatting through the playing side, the coaching side and the footballing operations side.