West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has endorsed Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, predicting he could make waves in the English Premier League similar to his impact in Scotland. Brady admires the style of football displayed by Celtic under Postecoglou’s leadership, which has dominated Scottish football since he took charge in 2021.
Postecoglou has hinted that he may stay in Glasgow for longer than expected, without expressing any desire to move south to test himself in the English Premier League. However, Brady believes the financial opportunities and the league’s prestige could be appealing to the Celtic manager.
With West Ham potentially seeking a new manager this summer amid pressure on David Moyes, Brady is an evident admirer of Postecoglou and cautions against underestimating him.
In her Sun column, Brady highlights Celtic’s probable fifth treble in seven seasons, causing frustration among Rangers supporters. Postecoglou’s impressive CV includes two titles in the National Soccer League with South Melbourne, two in the A-League with Brisbane Roar, one in Japan’s J-League with Yokohama F Marinos, and guiding Australia to the 2015 Asian Cup glory.
Postecoglou has led Celtic to two league titles and two league cups in his first two seasons, drawing comparisons to Manchester City’s domination in England. Although Celtic is set to claim their 53rd championship, no English club comes close to such a level of dominance.
Despite Celtic’s achievements, they are still considered minor players in modern football, with the national team only just beginning to shake off past setbacks. Scottish football has less financial backing than its English counterpart, with smaller television contracts and a lack of billionaire owners.
While there are advocates for admitting Celtic and Rangers into the English football structure, these proposals are often met with resistance due to debates about the level of entry.
The capacity of Ibrox and Celtic Park stadiums make the prospect attractive, but the SNP Government may not support it.
Celtic’s recent domestic dominance, with the exception of Rangers’ 2021 win under Steven Gerrard, seems set to continue. Postecoglou’s accomplishments worldwide suggest that he could have a significant impact in English football, proving that his managerial skills are not limited to a single defensive strategy.