Celtic are flying high at the very top of the league table right now and it would take quite something in order to stop Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops side from reigning supreme come May.
However, just how long their newfound dominance and revival goes on will depend on how long the manager stays at Parkhead.
Postecoglou’s future at Celtic was put in doubt towards the end of last week when it was revealed that the Australian had admirers at none other than Manchester City.
It seems highly unlikely he’d replace the great Pep Guardiola at the Etihad but a claim from Mark Guidi on Go Radio over the weekend should do enough to spark relief among the fanbase.
He said: “I think, pretty soon after Brendan Rodgers won the treble in his first season he was given up a bumper new deal, as as they call it in the tabloids you know, one of these big fancy golden handcuffs kind of deals where his salary takes a big bump up, his bonuses take a bump up and if anybody wants to come in and get then there’s a compensation fee the other end.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Celtic look to do that with Postecoglou. It would be absolutely natural to go and do that to safeguard the club. And also to give Ange the remuneration that he deserves for what he’s achieved so far.”
Considering the job that the 56-year-old has done since arriving in Glasgow, the thought of him receiving improved terms in order to stay will no doubt elate Celtic supporters.
Postecoglou arrived with a fine reputation for his work in Asia but ultimately, he was an unknown and untested quantity on European shores.
Alan Brazil infamously took to talkSPORT to lament the appointment and rather unprofessionally couldn’t even pronounce his name properly.
A fair few around Celtic Park may have felt similar towards his arrival but he has silenced his doubters and despite not even being in the dugout for a year, has very nearly completed the Bhoys’ revival.
They have won the League Cup, are in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and sit six points ahead of fierce rivals Rangers in the Premiership title race.
A famous treble could be inbound for the Aussie in his first season at Celtic and if that does happen, a bumper new deal would be a fine reward.
His high pressing football has won plenty of fans and his work in the transfer market has also been superb.
Postecoglou has used his knowledge of Asian football to welcome several Japanese players to the club, all of whom besides the injury-stricken Yosuke Ideguchi have made a fine impact in Scotland.
Further acquisitions in Liel Abada and Jota has proven shrewd too with the pair racking up a total of 47 goal contributions between them. Giorgos Giakoumakis had an injury-hit first few months in Britain but he too has 13 goals in 2021/22.
It’s evident the former Yokohama F. Marinos boss has a keen eye for spotting talent and that, combined with his philosophy makes him perfect for Celtic at the moment.
That’s precisely why supporters will be excited at the thought of him earning improved terms.