By Alex McLeish

1st Jun, 2021 | 1:36pm

Ex-manager: What I've heard about Postecoglou from 'sources in Australia' amid Celtic update

Alex McLeish has insisted Celtic cannot rely on Ange Postecoglou’s impressive reputation for improving players to turn things around this summer.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he had heard good things about the 55-year-old but insisted he is still a “strange” choice for the Bhoys.

As revealed by Football Insider, Postecoglou has asked for permission to quit Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos after receiving a contract offer from Celtic.

It is understood the Hoops had held discussions with the Athens-born boss while simultaneously negotiating with Eddie Howe.

However, as confirmed on Friday, talks with the former Bournemouth boss have fallen through.

With Postecoglou potentially set to take charge, McLeish has revealed what he has heard about the former Australia boss.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “When I first moved to Aberdeen as a young apprentice there was also a guy called Dougie Brown.

“Dougie and I became friends, we did the digs together, we stayed in hotel rooms together. I got my first contract but Dougie didn’t quite get the contract he was looking for. He moved down to England before emigrating to Australia. There, he played with Ange Postecoglou.

“He did say he has a good reputation for improving peoples games. Let’s be honest, you have to make sure the recruitment’s right. I don’t care what anybody says, he’s not going to turn run of the mill players into world-beaters. Recruitment is critical.

“It is a wee bit of a strange choice, it’s kind of left field. My sources in Australia say that he helps teams get better but he will still need some heavy recruitment.”

Postecoglou spent four years in charge of the Australia national side, winning 22 of his 49 games in the dugout.

He has been manager of Yokohama since 2018 and won the Japanese league title during his first year at the club.

In other news, Celtic plan to re-sign Fraser Forster mooted by well-connected pundit.