Chris Sutton believes that the circumstances of Brendan Rodgers’ departure from Celtic will KEEP Ange Postecoglou at in Glasgow.
At one stage it seemed that Rodgers and Celtic were the perfect match but behind the scenes things turned sour as two huge egos clashed between the manager and CEO.
The signs were ominous from the John McGinn affair onwards, when Leicester appeared on the scene it seemed that it was virtually mission accomplished with the English side getting their man and Neil Lennon installed as caretaker.
Three years down the line Rodgers, Peter Lawwell and Lennon are all on a downward spiral while Postecoglou appears to have solved a multitude of issues at Celtic in just over a year.
That turnaround hasn’t gone unnoticed. Bournemouth and Brighton are currently looking for new managers with the Celtic boss being mentioned in dispatches.
Sutton tweeted on that issue in midweek, in the Daily Record he has given more detail on the issue that is about the only cloud around for Celtic fans:
When the day comes for Postecoglou to leave and if it is to England, it’ll be to one of the bigger clubs, a top-six club. If it’s not there, I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere. It’s understandable some Celtic fans may be concerned about the situation given their experience with Brendan Rodgers when he walked out of the door.
However, I believe the circumstances around that are quite different. Rodgers had been at Celtic for over two-and- a-half years when he moved to Leicester and, from the outside, it appeared the relationship between boss and hierarchy was not as sweet as it was in the beginning. You got the feeling he had taken the club as far as he could.
Timing is everything and Postecoglou will know the reaction to Rodgers. Plus, just over a year into the job, he still has things to achieve, domestically and in Europe. Earlier in the season, when asked about squad rotation and keeping players who were on the bench happy, Postecoglou was crystal clear with his response.
He said: “They are at Celtic Football Club. If that is not happiness for them, I don’t know what is.” Such a sentiment tells you what he thinks about the size and stature of Celtic.
And tells me that he isn’t going anywhere soon. And certainly not to Brighton.
Such was the mess that Postecoglou inherited last summer he was given control of many areas in recruitment that would be out of bounds at a top six EPL club.
At some stage there is likely to an offer that makes the Australian consider another challenge but with everything currently aligned at Celtic there seems to be plenty more for Postecoglou to achieve.