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Charlie Nicholas in the candid Celtic session asks Dermot Desmond as he urges the signing that MUST come first

12 May 2022 | 08:51 | Football

Blow away Charlie Nicholas insisted it was time for Celtic to show Ange Postecoglou the money and reward him with a long-term contract.

The Australian is on the cusp of Scottish Championship glory at his first claim with Parkhead punchers ready to celebrate a successful new title.

And now Nicholas wants the main shareholder Dermot Desmond to reward Postecoglou with a nice end to a memorable season.

The 56-year-old is on a rolling contract like many of his people Celtic predecessors but the former Parkhead striker insists it is time to strike an agreement with the difference.

Postecoglou’s team will reach the group stage of next season’s Champions League for the first time since 2017.

Speaking to the Express, he said: “Never mind potential summer transfer targets, Celtic’s number one priority in the coming weeks will be rewards. Ange Postecoglou with a new contract.

“The Australian joined last June on a 12-month contract, but the club would be absolutely insane if negotiations had not yet commenced or had been scheduled with their manager.

“Given what he has achieved in his first season in Scottish football – winning all but the Premier Sports Cup awarded in December – Postecoglou deserves a permanent arrangement.

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“Parkhead’s leaders need to tie him down because he’s at the heart of all the good that Celtic are doing and have done.

“Postecoglou’s reputation is growing, no doubt other big clubs will keep an eye on him, so Dermot Desmond’s top priority at the club should be to reward his manager. .

“Parkhead supremo repeatedly extended Brendan Rodgers’ contract while he was a coach and eventually received £8.8m in compensation when Leicester set up a trap for him and his defenders staff in 2015. 2019.

“I don’t think Postecoglou, above, will drive a raise but it’s totally worth it for the remarkable work he’s done so far.

“Not only has Celts made tens of millions of dollars from next season’s Champions League group stage football, he’s also built a squad of real value.

“It’s also worth remembering that he did it when working with the coaching staff that was already in place – John Kennedy, Stephen McManus and Gavin Strachan.

“Postecoglou just needs to take the task at hand and as long as everyone does their job well Aussie has shown he will be loyal to them.

“The 56-year-old has won top honors in Australia and Japan – and Scotland will be next if Celtic take points from Dundee United at Tannadice tomorrow.”

Nicholas thinks there are doubts that Postecoglou is from Japan, however, he is a paid member of the manager’s fan club.

And the 60-year-old believes the best is yet to come as the man leading Parkhead achieves further success after a memorable debut season.

He added: “Given how dominant Rangers were last season, I doubt many Hoops supporters would have predicted their team would have a brace when Postecoglou walked in the door.

“I have to raise my hand and admit that I’m not sure. I think Postecoglou isn’t sure either.




“It looked like he had to run to the ground but his first three games saw Celtic knocked out of the Champions League at the first qualifying hurdle and lost to Hearts at Tynecastle in their Premiership opener.

“Postecoglou didn’t really sign poorly and giving the armband to Callum McGregor was a failure.

“I fell in love with Postecoglou from his first interview. When Celtic scored the honorable goal last weekend, he was about 20 yards behind the players and applauded the support of Celtic and the team. His humility is astounding.

“I’ve loved every minute of his reign and I think things will get better.”

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