Paddy Kenny has made a contract claim regarding Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, as per Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Australia tour
The Hoops have already made plans for Postecoglou’s second season in charge, with domestic football set to take a five-week break due to the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.
Celtic confirmed earlier this month that they will take part in a four-team tournament down under at that time, describing the trip as ‘Ange’s Australian homecoming’.
The Latest: Kenny’s comments on Postecoglou
Kenny was talking to Football Insider and addressed the news coming from Celtic Park.
The pundit claimed that the Hoops manager may now look to renegotiate a ‘better deal’ and labelled Postecoglou, who signed a 12-month rolling contract last summer, as a ‘hero’ in Glasgow.
The former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper said of the 56-year-old:
“He’s done better than anyone thought he would.
“You wouldn’t talk about a homecoming tour if you weren’t certain he will be there in November.
“It’s a 12-month deal, I wonder if he could renegotiate and get himself a better deal because he has done so well.
“Celtic could win the league, that would be crazy considering how far off they were last season.
“Even if Celtic don’t win the league they will keep him on, he looks so loved by the fans, he’s a hero.
“A new deal would be well deserved but I don’t know what he’s like, he might be happy doing what he’s doing.”
The Verdict: Good point
It’s easy to forget that, last summer, Postecoglou appeared to be second choice at Parkhead after a move for Eddie Howe fell through.
Following an impressive first season in Glasgow, where he has already guided the club to a Scottish League Cup triumph and currently leads the way at the top of the Premiership, the Hoops hierarchy and the 56-year-old may well be open to penning a long-term deal.
You’d expect that everyone involved at Parkhead wants to see Postecoglou leading the club once again next season and beyond, so it would make sense to discuss a new contract for longer than a 12-month period.
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