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Jun 18, 2022   |  8:29AM AET

‘We’ll be aiming to give our fans more of the same’: Kewell joins Postecoglou’s champs Celtic

‘We’ll be aiming to give our fans more of the same’: Kewell joins Postecoglou’s champs Celtic

There will be another Australian alongside Ange Postecoglou on the sidelines at Celtic in 2022-23 after Harry Kewell joined the Scottish champions as first-team coach.

Two of Australia’s biggest names will unite for the first time as former Liverpool and Leeds United star Kewell looks to reignite his coaching career.

Kewell, who had been out of work since September 2021, previously coached Watford Under-23s, Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Barnet in England.

The 43-year-old ex-Socceroo and Champions League winner will now link up with Postecoglou, who galvanised Celtic with his entertaining brand of football as the Hoops dethroned bitter rivals Rangers last season.

As part of the move and restructure, former captain Stephen McManus will switch from first-team coach to work with Celtic’s B team.

“I am really pleased that Harry has agreed to join my staff,” Postecoglou said as he gears up for a Champions League campaign.

“He knows the game inside out at the highest level and wants to play football the way myself and my team see it. I know he is hugely excited about joining Celtic, he is well aware of the scale of the club, what our ambitions are and I know he will make a really positive difference to my team.

“I was keen to restructure our coaching set up, a critical part of this was having a close link between the first team and B Team coaching structures – and Stephen’s role will also be hugely important for us as we look to get that conveyer belt of talent going between the B Team, directly up to the first team.  

“The B Team will again compete in the Lowland League, something which will be a crucial development opportunity for our young players as they aim to progress and advance further. I wanted a really strong connection to the development of our B Team and Stephen, with his knowledge of our current first-team philosophy and demands will be ideal in this role.”

Kewell, who also played in the A-Leagues via Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, added: “It is a massive honour to join Celtic and team up with Ange.

“He and his backroom team and the players have done brilliantly in their first year together, producing winning football in a great style. To turn things around and become Champions so quickly is a huge testament to Ange and everyone else at the club.   

“The manager is synonymous with attacking, exciting football, something he delivered on last season and something I know Celtic fans have loved right across the generations. 

“We will be aiming to give our fans more of the same going forward and I look forward to playing my part in bringing this to our supporters.  

“Celtic is a club the whole world knows and admires and it will be a privilege to be part of such a fantastic footballing institution. I am well aware of the demands and responsibility which comes with the territory at such a massive club and this is something which excites me and I am sure everyone else lucky enough to be associated with Celtic.

“I can’t wait to join up with Ange, the coaching staff and players for the challenges ahead and hope to play my part in our future success.

“I’m ready to work and am really looking forward to getting started.”

Celtic will kick-off their title defence at home to Aberdeen on July 31, while the first Glasgow derby is scheduled for September 3.

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