DAVE KING, the former Rangers chairman, insists Celtic appointment of Ange Postecoglou as manager is a “big risk”.

And the one-time Ibrox supremo compared it to the time when he brought Pedro Caixinha to the Govan club.

Postecoglou, the ex-Australia international gaffer, was unveiled as Neil Lennon’s successor last week after the lengthy pursuit of Eddie Howe came to an end.

The 55-year-old boss made an immediate hit with the Hoops followers during his media interviews, but there are still some critics who feel he will not be up the challenges and rigours of such a high-intensity role.

King believes Steven Gerrard was prepared for the atmosphere and expectations when he joined the club from Liverpool three years ago, but he is not convinced about Postecoglou after his arrival from Japanese giants Yokohama F. Marinos.

The ex-Gers chief, speaking to the Daily Mail, said: “I think there are obvious risks.

“I think there are risks just in coming to the UK and then Glasgow is a particularly difficult place to come into.

“There is a culture around it. It’s an absolute fishbowl from the media and fans’ point of view. It’s not just from a footballing point of view. There is a huge cultural adjustment. It’s a very, very difficult situation.

“We saw that with Pedro. It could have worked, but it didn’t work.

“Whereas, bringing in someone like Steven, while Glasgow is still difficult, there is at least a comparative benchmark in Liverpool as to what it will be like.

“But coming from some of these foreign leagues is a big risk. It might work. But it’s definitely a big risk.”



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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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