CHARLIE NICHOLAS admits it is “alarming” how far Celtic have fallen from a position of strength.l

The former Hoops striker reckons his old club’s move for Ange Postecoglu as Neil Lennon’s long-term successor smacks of “desperation” after the collapse of their quest for Eddie Howe, as Scotzine reported.

The Parkhead club appointed John Kennedy as interim gaffer in February immediately after the Irishman departed, two days after an inexplicable 1-0 loss to Ross County at Dingwall.

The stand-in boss was in charge for 10 games while the race for Howe went on. However, obstacles forced the club to halt the process and look elsewhere with former Australia chief Postecoglou suddenly moving into pole position.

Nicholas is far from satisfied with his club over the entire matter and, writing in his Daily Express column, said: “The impending appointment of Ange Postecoglou is hardly a statement of intent from Celtic.

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“There’s nothing wrong with having a plan B – but this is not plan B. This is desperation.

“I will give Postecoglou a chance because I’m a supporter, but is the former Australia boss really the height of the club’s ambitions?

“It has nothing to do with his lack of knowledge of the Scottish game or me looking down on football in the southern hemisphere.

“If this is the man Celtic are bringing in then their fans simply have to accept it. This is where the club is at.

“It is mind-blowing how far behind the eight ball Celtic seem to be.”

Nicholas added: “I have said in this column on more than one occasion that they should have approached Xavi or Xabi Alonso. They would have been better, more productive candidates than Eddie Howe.

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“It scares me just how unambitious the club has become, going from a position of strength to where they find themselves now.

“Luring Postecoglou from Yokohama F Marinos is not quite the same as when Arsene Wenger left Japanese football to join Arsenal in 1996.

“The Parkhead hierarchy have left the club in this situation. I don’t blame new chief executive Dominic McKay.

“It’s his predecessor Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond who have made such a pig’s ear of things in such a short space of time.

“The question is how did they manage to let things slide? Arrogance? Laziness? Complacency? All of the above?

“With the exception of Brendan Rodgers, their managerial appointments have been made in haste.

“The lack of football knowledge among those holding the purse strings has now come back to bite them.

“It is so alarming that Celtic have fallen to this level.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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