Former Australian star Harry Kewell will join Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s back squad.
Kewell, 43, has been out of work since being sacked by Barnet last year after just four months at the helm of the National League team.
Postecoglou revealed that he initially decided not to add to his coaching staff and was assisted by John Kennedy, while Stephen McManus, Gavin Strachan and Stevie Woods made up the backstage team.
However, after lifting the Scottish Premier League title and League Cup in his debut season, Postecoglou has turned to the former Liverpool and Leeds striker, who will join as the first team coach.
Kewell almost lost his job under postecoglou for the Australian national team and also Melbourne Victoria, but previously revealed some key advice from the 56-year-old.
“The only thing Ange told me and left me, was to walk your way,” he said.
“Once you start listening to others, you run into problems. »
Postecoglou reflects on his first year at Celtic
A year ago Celtic turned to the relatively unknown Ange Postecoglou to revive a club in turmoil and he silenced the suspects by winning the Scottish Premier League title and the League Cup in his first season.
Postecoglou’s start to life at Parkhead did not start well, failing to win their first three games, which culminated in a Champions League exit and first-day loss to Hearts in the league.
However, the Australian always insisted that he would not give up his attacking, fun and ruthless football ethic, and piece by piece he rebuilt a tough team that had been knocked down by the Rangers last season.
The title win came to Tannadice on Wednesday night in May, with the manager promising it was just the beginning for him and his developing talent at Celtic.
“I have had a lot of success, but it has definitely been the toughest challenge and the hardest year I have ever had,” the former Australia manager said as he looked back on 365 days at the helm.
“I did an interview after the match and I could not express exactly what was the strongest emotion.
“I think looking back now and how we finished the last game, I think it was a part of me that said, ‘No, I do not want this to be a last point.’
“This season was about building the first foundation of a team that I hope will compete and succeed in the Premiership over the next few years. »
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Celtic’s title victory comes with qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League and Postecoglou is looking to grow their team on the biggest stage in European football.
“My role is to make us better next year, we have to be better,” he said. heavenly sports.
“It’s the same in the Champions League, our role is to get there and have an impact.
“It is not just about having an impact next year, but about building a team that will always have an impact and that takes time.
“We had a process, we succeeded in the transfer market without spending much. This is the club we are and this is the area in which I want to continue to grow and this is what we will do. »