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Former Rangers captain Gavin Rae thinks Celtic’s surprise hire of Australian boss Ange Postecoglou will be a shrewd appointment by the Parkhead side as he raved about a coach who is “revered” down under.

Rae moved to Australia in 2014 and has consisently been impressed with the Athens-born Postecoglou’s teams, as he guided Australia to an Asian cup win in 2015 as well as success at club level.

The former Rangers and Dundee star admits his appointment was “a bit lef-field” after Celtic were knocked back by Eddie Howe but is certain he will prove to be a success in the Glasgow’s east end.

“I’ve watched his teams over the time I’ve been in Australia and I have always been really impressed,” Rae told the Scottish Sun.

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“He’s maybe viewed as a bit left-field but I believe he’ll prove to be a good appointment for Celtic.

“He was good with the national team for a few years and his record at his clubs has been terrific.

“He won the A League twice with Brisbane Roar then went to Japan and won the J1 League, which was a real achievement for an Australian coach. He is revered here.

“I’d only been here a few months when they won the Asian Cup in 2015. It was the first time they’d won it and they beat all the big Asian countries like China and the UAE on the way to the final, where they beat South Korea.

“That cemented his place at the pinnacle of coaching here.”

Celtic supporters wiill be really excited

After the disappointment of watching their ten-in-a-row dream crumble as Steven Gerrard’s Rangers romped to their biggest ever points gap over Celtic, Rae thinks Postecoglou will get the Parkhead fans excited with his side’s style of football.

Postecoglou’s appointment at Celtic Park has caused big headlines back in Australia and Rae insists the experienced Aussie coach will know just how big a job he is walking into when he arrives in Scotland.

“Everyone here loves football and that’s been reflected in the coverage of him going to Celtic in the media here,” Rae continued.  2It’s big, big news for an Australian coach to get a job in Europe like it. When he was in charge of the national team he was closely scrutinised and his relations with the media were a bit strained towards the end.

“But he has a bit more experience now and will know the magnitude of the job he’s going into.

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“Celtic are a massive club and Glasgow’s a goldfish bowl but his style of play will definitely tick a box for them.

“His teams are dynamic and expansive and they’re always attractive to watch. When he’s gone into a club he has transformed the way they play and made them exciting.

“I wish him well and I think Celtic supporters will be really excited by the way he gets the team playing.”

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