ANGE POSTECOGLOU has welcomed Harry Kewell to Celtic after the club confirmed the Australian star’s appointment as first-team coach.

Former Hoops skipper and central defender Stephen McManus will take over the club’s B team as part of the restructure.

Postecoglou is delighted with the arrival of 43-year-old 58 times-capped international who played for Liverpool, Leeds United, Turkish giants Galatasary and Melbourne Victory in an impressive career.

Kewell has had managerial stints at Crawley Town, Notts County and Oldham, but has been out of work since leaving National League outfit Barnet last year after only four months in charge.

ANGE AND THE BACKROOM BHOYS…Celtic boss Postecoglou with No.2 John Kennedy after the Premier Sports League Cup triumph over Hibs at Hampden in December. Stephen McManus, third from the right, joins in.

The Celtic boss, speaking to the club website, said: “I am really pleased that Harry has agreed to join my staff. He knows the game inside out at the highest level and wants to play football the way myself and my team see it.

“I know he is hugely excited about joining Celtic, he is well aware of the scale of the club, what our ambitions are and I know he will make a really positive difference to my team.

“I was keen to restructure our coaching set-up, a critical part of this was having a close link between the first team and B Team coaching structures – and Stephen’s role will also be hugely important for us as we look to get that conveyer belt of talent going between the B Team, directly up to the first team.”

Postecoglou added: “The B Team will again compete in the Lowland League, something which will be a crucial development opportunity for our young players as they aim to progress and advance further.

“I wanted a really strong connection to the development of our B Team and Stephen, with his knowledge of our current first-team philosophy and demands will be ideal in this role.”

BEAMING BHOY…Harry Kewell can’t wait to get started in his new Celtic role.

Kewell, who was linked with the Hibs manager’s job before Jack Ross was appointed in November 2019, added: “It is a massive honour to join Celtic and team up with Ange. He and his backroom team and the players have done brilliantly in their first year together, producing winning football in a great style.

“To turn things around and become Champions so quickly is a huge testament to Ange and everyone else at the club.

“The manager is synonymous with attacking, exciting football, something he delivered on last season and something I know Celtic fans have loved right across the generations.

“We will be aiming to give our fans more of the same going forward and I look forward to playing my part in bringing this to our supporters.”

John Kennedy, as Postecoglou’s No.2, Gavin Strachan, son of former gaffer Gordon, and goalkeeping guru Stevie Woods remain in place.


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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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