Celtic: Ange Postecoglou links to City Group could see him stick around for now
Former Celtic footballer Peter Grant believes Ange Postecoglou’s links to the City Group could open the door for a bigger move than the ones he has been linked to recently.
The Lowdown: Interest in Postecoglou
Postecoglou has made himself of the most-watched managers in Europe right now after successfully returning Celtic to the summit of the SPFL following their dismal 2020/21 campaign.
This turnaround saw him linked with a potential switch to Premier League side Everton prior to Frank Lampard’s sacking, though Sean Dyche was eventually selected as his successor.
He’s once again been linked with a move south of the border, this time to Leeds United, who sacked Jesse Marsch and currently remain managerless.
The Latest: Grant’s comments
Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, former Celtic man Grant claimed that Postecoglou should ignore the Leeds interest to remain at Celtic, where he has support that he would struggle to find at Elland Road.
However, he also claimed his that links with the City Group – through his spell at Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos – could bring about better opportunities in the future.
Asked whether he could see the Australian leaving for Leeds, he said: “I don’t think that will happen. The manager’s doing a fantastic job at Celtic. Of course, somewhere along the line, he’d maybe want to work in the Premiership, there’s no doubt of that.
“I’m sure he’s part of the City Group, if I’m led to believe, so if he’s part of that, there may be a bigger job that’s going to come to him.
“I’m not saying anything about Leeds, because it’s a fantastic club, I’ve been to many of their games and [they have] fantastic support, but he’s got that at Celtic Park.
“Everything he needs at Leeds, he’s got double that at Celtic Park with the support he’s got there. The only thing I keep saying is the thing Celtic have not got is the Premier League, and maybe one day that’s what he’ll want to try.”
The Verdict: City Group links
The City Group, which is spearheaded by Manchester City, owns 11 clubs around the world, with 2019 J-League champions and Postecoglou’s former side, Yokohama F. Marinos, being one of the clubs that the group have a minority share in (via City Football Group).
Postecoglou is unsurprisingly garnering interest, with him winning 69 of his 95 games in charge at Parkhead, with a league title and Scottish League Cup win to his name so far. Meanwhile, the Bhoys are currently nine points clear at the top of the SPFL and back in the Scottish League Cup final, so he could replicate his success this time around.
Although a huge step up and with Pep Guardiola still at the helm, a move to the Citizens would be extremely unlikely now, but given his success and tentative links to the club, Postecoglou could perhaps one day be eyed up as an outside shout to take the Etihad hotseat.