ANGE POSTECOGLOU admits Gordon Strachan “is a very passionate football person” after a meeting with the former Celtic manager.

The one-time Hoops boss, who won a hat-trick of titles to emulate the achievement of club greats Willie Maley and Jock Stein during his four-year reign from 2005 to 2009, will return to Parkhead in a short-term role, as CQN reportedyesterday.

Strachan, who will continue his post as technical director role at Dundee, will oversee the B team, academy and women’s side at his old team.

Postecoglou said: “I have met Gordon and he is a very passionate football person which I kind of like.

“The information I have had is that we are keen to tap into his knowledge of the club in terms of some of the structures around the club, particularly around the academy and women’s football which I think is really important infrastructure-wise.

“But, again, how much that comes on my radar at the moment, this is probably the first time I have thought about it.”

Meanwhile, Parkhead will be full to capacity tomorrow night for the first time since March 7 last year when Celtic beat St Mirren 5-0 before the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The sold-out second leg against Jablonec – with the Hoops already 4-2 ahead from last week’s first game in the Czech Republic – will be an emotional occasion with the prize of a play-off against Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar awaiting the winners.

Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “When the whistle goes, I want us to show the same intent we showed at the weekend.

“Irrespective of what the opponents may or may not come up with, it is important we set the tempo right from the start and let them adjust to us.”

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