By Noel Whelan

14th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan rubbishes Postecoglou claim after Celtic contract reveal

Ange Postecoglou is not being realistic in his ambition to nurture homegrown talent given the length of his Celtic contract.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about comments made by the newly-appointed Hoops boss.

Quoted by the Daily Record on 10th June, the 55-year-old revealed he is a “big believer” in homegrown talent and that he wants to get “really involved in the academy process.”

Postecoglou signed just a 12-month rolling contract at Parkhead after joining from Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos.

And Whelan claims that the Australian’s tenure in Glasgow might not be long enough to realise his aspirations with the academy.

He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Players aren’t just going to grow out of the ground. They need nurturing and coaching.

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“Very often you’ll get just one player who manages to actually get into the first-team side. It just doesn’t happen a lot these days but it can happen.

“But that’s definitely not gonna happen in 12 months. So he needs to hit the ground running and I think he should be concentrating on the players he’s got.

“That means trying to keep the star players who are trying to leave. He needs to get some structure behind the players so they know what they are doing and how they are playing.”

Postecoglou has won league titles in both Australia and Japan.

His only experience in European football, however, was with Greek lower league side Panachaiki over a decade ago.

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