New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has been tipped for stardom and a move to a major European league by a former player.
Erik Paartalu, who has played for Morton and Gretna in Scotland, has backed Postecoglou to deliver major success in Glasgow, thus courting the interest of major suitors.
He also shed insight into how Postecoglou operates, with an ambitious streak and a desire to thoroughly research the nature of the Celtic job.
The 35-year-old Australian, who is currently playing in India, was the hero in the 2011 A-League Grand Final against Central Coast Mariners.
His 120th-minute levelling goal took the final to penalties, in which Postecoglou’s Brisbane Roar side came out on top.
Paartalu was bullish on his predictions for his former manager’s future.
Speaking to Stats Perform [via the Daily Record], Paartalu said: “The biggest trouble with Celtic is trying to keep hold of Ange.
“In three or four years, you’re going to have the same situation.
“He has won multiple titles and he will be trying to get a move to England or one of the big leagues. That is his pathway.
“He will be absolutely buzzing. He isn’t the type to take a job on lightly. He would’ve researched beforehand.
“I’m sure he’s probably been offered jobs of this calibre before but wasn’t ready.
“Ange has always been ambitious. This guy just doesn’t stop.
“Any other Australian coach that would’ve won the J-League would’ve just stopped there and chilled out in Asia.
“The guy is in his mid-50s. He would’ve researched this whole situation at Celtic, who is leaving and who is coming, who can I get in? I know he’s already thought about his next step from here.”
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Although Postecoglou lacks any notable experience in European football, Celtic will be a major litmus test of his managerial acumen.
Postecoglou will know all too well that the club faces several transfer conundrums, and will be looking to implement his expansive style of football as soon as possible.
Whilst it is encouraging to see Paartalu shedding light on how Postecoglou operates, only time will tell if his plans will actualise into tangible success.