Celtic boss Postecoglou hailed after Strachan contract reveal - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

7th Apr, 2022 | 8:00am

Postecoglou 'coup' hailed as Celtic source reveals contract talks are underway - McLeish

Alex McLeish has hailed Ange Postecoglou for keeping Gavin Strachan as part of his coaching staff at Celtic with new contract talks underway.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager insisted inheriting the 42-year-old, as well as John Kennedy, has been a “coup” for the Australian boss.

A Celtic source told Football Insider on Monday (4 April) that the Bhoys have opened negotiations over a new deal for Strachan.

The source explained Strachan is highly regarded behind the scenes at Parkhead and the club want to reward him for his role in the team’s transformation.

McLeish insisted Postecoglou made the right decision keeping the son of Celtic hero Gordon on board.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Sometimes you keep on staff you’ve inherited. You go further forward in your years and you think: ‘Did I get that right or did I get that wrong?’

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“Regardless of the situation, there’s no doubt about it that Postecoglou got it right. He’s seen the intelligence of guys like Gavin Strachan and also John Kennedy, the experience he’s had at Celtic.

“Gavin has been there for a while as well. It would seem daft to throw that experience out the door.

“Postecoglou would also have his own guys to lean on as well but inheriting them and continuing their knowledge of Celtic, I think it’s been a bit of a coup for him.”

Strachan joined Celtic as a first-team coach under Neil Lennon in 2020.

He remained on board as an assistant coach following the Northern Irishman’s exit last year, with Kennedy appointed interim manager.

In other news, a club insider has claimed Celtic are set to agree a £6million transfer with a Premier League club.