Former top-flight manager Alex McLeish has made an exciting claim regarding Ange Postecoglou’s coaching staff at Celtic, as per Football Insider.
The lowdown: Keeping it in the Hoops family
After the club appointed Gavin Strachan, son of former Hoops manager Gordon, as first-team coach under Neil Lennon in the summer of 2020, Ange is believed to have made the decision to retain the 42-year-old’s services.
After snubbing links with the Hartlepool United hot seat, Strachan looks set to be rewarded for his role in transforming the fortunes at Celtic Park with a new deal, according to Football Insider’s Celtic source.
The former Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers coach has impressed Postecoglou and even took charge of two matches last season due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
The latest: McLeish approves
“Sometimes you keep on staff you’ve inherited. You go further forward in your years and you think: ‘Did I get that right or did I get that wrong?’
“Regardless of the situation, there’s no doubt about it that Postecoglou got it right. He’s seen the intelligence of guys like Gavin Strachan and also John Kennedy, the experience he’s had at Celtic.
“Gavin has been there for a while as well. It would seem daft to throw that experience out the door.
“Postecoglou would also have his own guys to lean on as well but inheriting them and continuing their knowledge of Celtic, I think it’s been a bit of a coup for him.”
The verdict: Smart move
Clearly a highly thought of coach, keeping Strachan on board as the Hoops look to cement a position of power once again in Scotland is an undoubted masterstroke.
Postecoglou has wasted little time putting his own stamp on matters at Lennoxtown, whilst also retaining just enough of the status quo to keep the ship steady throughout.
Celtic have certainly made great strides under the stewardship of the Australian manager and Strachan should take great pride in playing a part in the transformation.
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