By Noel Whelan

29th Jun, 2021 | 11:29am

Celtic board do not fully back Postecoglou and 'he could be gone by Christmas' - pundit

Ange Postecoglou does not have the full backing of the Celtic board and could be replaced by Christmas if the season does not start well.

That is the view of former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 55-year-old’s recent comments in the Daily Record.

Speaking on 27th June, Postecoglou hit back at critics by claiming he has “coached against some of the best teams in the world” while Australia manager at the World Cup.

Celtic confirmed the appointment of the Greek-Australian manager earlier this month on a 12-month rolling contract.

Whelan claimed Postecoglou would have been given a three-year deal if the club had full confidence in his abilities.

“There is going to be question marks from the get go,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“If he does not hit the ground running he is going to come in for it, simple. That is what happens when you take over at a club like Celtic.

“The fact that the club only gave him a rolling one-year contract speaks volumes. They are not clearly convinced either. If Postecoglou had the full backing of the board he would have been given a three-year contract.

“He has got a lot of work to do to convince the players and to convince the fans.

“If there is a sizeable gap between themselves and Rangers at Christmas time you could see the club start looking for a replacement. It would not surprise me.

“Postecoglou is a relative unknown at the end of the day so he will come under criticism. It was a shock to everybody when he was appointed.”

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