Celtic’s season ended on a high as they beat Inverness 3-1 at Hamdpen in the Scottish FA Cup final on Saturday to secure the domestic treble.
Their incredible success on the pitch should be appreciated in the off-season but the uncertain future of manager Ange Postecoglou casts a shadow over their achievements.
The Sun recently reported that the Australian manager could be named new boss of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur next week and that will leave the Hoops looking for a replacement.
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Celtic need to rekindle their interest in unemployed manager Jesse Marsch as the former Leeds United boss is believed to be Postecoglou’s dream heir to Parkhead.
In 2021, the USA manager was linked with the Celtic job and told BBC Sport: “They’re an amazing club and it would even be an honor to be considered (for the role).”
At the time, Marsch wondered if the club would suit the way he wanted to build a team and referred to investing in the academy and in young players.
Postecoglou did just that by putting their faith in Jota, 24, Liel Abada, 21, Matt O’Riley, 21, and academy graduate Anthony Ralston – all of whom played over 1,000 minutes in the Scottish Premiership in 22/23 – among others.
It suggests the former RB Leipzig boss has the right mentality to continue the Australian’s work of developing and producing excellent young talent at Celtic.
The 49-year-old manager, who Falkirk midfielder Stephen McGinn says plays ‘front-footed’ football, has also proven he can manage a winning team in the past. He won two Austrian Bundesliga titles in two seasons with RB Salzburg and averaged 2.31 points per game or more in both campaigns.
Postecoglou, meanwhile, has averaged 2.64 points per game in his 66 Premiership games to date, showing that both managers are capable of maintaining excellent, title-winning form over the course of a season. season.
It suggests the former Leeds man has the ability to continue the 57-year-old’s dominance in Scotland’s footballing elite by winning the division again next season.
Marsch also has experience managing the Champions League.
The American tactician has won five of his 17 games in the competition, including qualifiers, while the current Hoops boss hasn’t won any of his eight games in Europe’s premier tournament.
This suggests that the out-of-contract coach could, potentially, be an upgrade on Postecoglou in terms of what he is able to achieve on the continental stage, which is a setting in which Spurs’ target has not. managed to thrive.
Therefore, Celtic need to reignite their interest in Marsch as the American, with his youthful ethos and experience in Europe and winning titles, could be the dream heir to the hot seat at Parkhead.