CELTIC GREAT WARNS OF ‘TORMENT’ FOR POSTECOGLOU

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FORMER┬áCeltic goal hero Charlie Nicholas has warned Ange Postecoglou of “torment” as he branded Spurs “great non-achievers”.

The London side have been linked with the Hoops boss as they search for a replacement manager for Antonio Conte who was sacked in March.

The club have stuttered through a dreadful campaign to limp in eighth in the top flight to miss out on a place in Europe in the forthcoming campaign.

SILVERWARE CELT…Ange Postecoglou proudly holds aloft the Premiership trophy for the second successive season.

Postecoglou and his players will go straight into the Champions League group stages following their second successive title triumph under the guidance of the 57-year-old Greek-Australian gaffer since his arrival in June 2021.

Spurs are just one of several English clubs to have been reported to be interested in the Parkhead boss after his phenomenal achievements at the Scottish giants.

Everton, Leicester City, Southampton, Leeds United, Wolves and Brighton, among others, have been named as suitors of the impressive Postecoglou who has bodyswerved recent speculation to focus on Saturday night’s Scottish Cup Final against Inverness Caley Thistle where the club can achieve their eighth treble.

Nicholas, 61, who spent five years at Arsenal after leaving his boyhood favourites in 1983, insisted: “Becoming Tottenham boss would bring a different torment to Ange Postecoglou, so I hope he doesn’t turn his back on Celtic and Champions League football for the Premier League’s great non-achievers.

“There’s no denying the Spurs job is an enormous one. It would provide Postecoglou with a passageway to the real big boys in England’s top flight and it would be bang-on financially.

FLY THE FLAG…Ange Postecoglou in Paradise.

“But I don’t think money is what floats the Aussie’s boat. It would be more about testing himself against the best in one of the world’s top leagues.

“Spurs have brilliant infrastructure in terms of its stadium, academy and training ground, but they are renowned for a lack of tangible success. Their last trophy came back in 2008 with the League Cup, which remains their only silverware this century.”

Nicholas, writing in his Daily Express column, continued: “I know quite a few Tottenham fans and they aren’t overly excited at the possibility of being managed by a guy who has done well at a Scottish club.

“They have a track record of appointing high-profile managers such as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

HAMPDEN HOORAYS…Ange Postecoglou and his triumphant Celtic players celebrate their League Cup Final success over Ibrox opposition in February.

“Another one, Mauricio Pochettino, deployed a similar brand of football to Postecoglou when he was at Spurs and that didn’t stop him getting sacked just six months after leading them to the 2019 Champions League Final.

“Another issue at Tottenham is that the club could be bought over, amid reports of various interested parties. Where would a takeover leave Postecoglou? That is why he has to be so careful with his next move and the timing of it.”

The one-time Scotland international striker added: “I am hopeful he won’t take the job because there’s too much doubt surrounding Spurs just now.

“But I understand Postecoglou’s agent and allies are quite close to Spurs, so I could be proved wrong. From a personal perspective, it would be the worst possible scenario.

“As a Celtic supporter and with my Arsenal connections, it would be a double whammy for me.

“Postecoglou has built something special at Parkhead and I’d love to see him have another crack at Europe’s elite with the Hoops.”

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