Celtic are currently enjoying a remarkable run of form at present, having won all six of their league games so far this term, with the Parkhead outfit’s unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership now stretching back to September 2021.
Already looking a sure bet to retain their title despite the new season having only really just begun – after recently thrashing Old Firm foes Rangers in brutal fashion – the Hoops have also made an encouraging return to life in the Champions League, notably producing a strong display despite defeat to holders Real Madrid.
Although progression to the knockout stage remains a tough ask, particularly following Wednesday’s draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, there is little that can dampen the mood for the Glasgow side at present, with both the club and supporters alike simply enjoying the ride.
The mastermind behind that jubilation is, of course, manager Ange Postecoglou, with the 57-year-old having sparked a real revival for the Scottish giants since his appointment last summer, following what was a turbulent end to Neil Lennon’s second spell in charge.
The latter man had overseen a dismal 2020/21 campaign in which the club had finished a staggering 25 points behind their bitter rivals, with it looking as if the Gers would go on to enjoy a sustained period of success of their own after Celtic’s recent nine-in-a-row dominance.
As it proved, despite Postecoglou having not been the first choice candidate to replace Lennon – following a failed, lengthy pursuit of Eddie Howe – the former Yokohama boss quickly got his new side back on track, with the Hoops having not looked back since an initial slow start to his tenure at the start of last term.
The managerial “master” – as dubbed by assistant coach Harry Kewell – has impressed with his astute recruitment record and progressive style of play, having been lauded for his “beautiful attacking football” by pundit Owen Hargreaves earlier this week.
Having arrived as something of an unknown quantity, the former Australia national team coach is now seemingly a household name, rightly earning rave reviews for the work he has done in his relatively brief Celtic Park tenure.
Such attention has, however, brought with it fears over his future, with recent reports having suggested that Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion are considering the Greek-Aussie as a potential replacement for Graham Potter in the Amex hot seat.
Although it would appear that Postecoglou is set to rebuff such interest, the concern will be that more approaches could emerge in the near future, with even Manchester City also said to be an admirer of his work.
The Hoops boss’ current deal in Scotland is merely a 12-month, rolling contract, with the club seemingly needing to act swiftly to tie him down to a longer-term deal in order to ward off any potential suitors.
While a departure to an elite outfit may be “inevitable” in the coming years – as Chris Sutton suggested – the Celtic hierarchy, namely chief exec Michael Nicholson, must ensure that the title-winning coach remains at the club for a little while longer at least, with offering an extension the perfect reward for what has been an exceptional last year or so.