Celtic’s hierarchy have been told to tie manager Ange Postecoglou down ‘for a long time’ amid interest from the Premier League.
Postecoglou’s contract at Parkhead is currently due to expire at the end of the 2022/23 season.
The Australian, who took over in the summer of 2021, is thought to be on a rolling deal with the Hoops.
According to The Telegraph, Brighton have expressed an interest in Postecoglou following the departure of Graham Potter, but learned that the 57-year-old wants to stay put for now.
Reacting to the exit links in a chat with Football Insider, Alan Hutton told Celtic to push for a long-term agreement with Postecoglou in light of his ‘remarkable’ achievements at the club.
He has been highly impressed by the manner in which the boss has implemented his philosophy, and feels it’s inevitable more Premier League teams will be too.
“If I was the hierarchy at Celtic I’d want to tie him down for a long time,” Hutton, now a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live, said.
“What he’s done since he’s come through the door at the club is quite remarkable to be quite honest.
“Not just the turnaround in playing staff but the playing style and everybody has bought into that. Some of the football they have played is incredible.
“Not just the Old Firm game but against Real Madrid, the European champions, they played the exact same way and they were unlucky they just ran out of a bit of steam.
“If it was me, I would definitely want to tie him down. I can understand why teams like Brighton are looking at him because he’s done a remarkable job since he’s come in to Celtic.”
Celtic need to be wary. Postecoglou’s name will surely pop up in connection with other managerial vacancies south of the border.
Leicester City, for instance, are struggling badly, with just one point on the board after six games. If they decide to sack Brendan Rodgers, then might they turn to Postecoglou?
With one Scottish Premiership title under already his belt, and another potentially in the offing after Celtic opened up an early five-point advantage, he deserves better than a one-year rolling deal.
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