Ex-Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes that Ange Postecoglou will be at Parkhead for a long time to come. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 63-year-old shared his thoughts on the Aussie and believes that he will be at the Hoops for a while yet despite advances from down south. 

In recent times, Leeds United had previously been linked with an approach for Postecoglou before appointing Javi Gracia. At the same time, Everton and Brighton have also been mooted with an interest in the past. 

Of course, Postecoglou fired back at speculation surrounding his future by the media in the aftermath of the Hoops’ Viaplay Cup success, stating: “I’m hoping that over the course of time, as long as I’m here and I am still here, even though people have been getting me out the door and I think you’ll be surprised how long I am here, I’m consumed by trying to make this club the best it can be and I’ll enjoy every minute of it.

The 57-year-old delivered a double in his first campaign in charge and will hope to add to his Viaplay Cup triumph this term by retaining the title and winning the Scottish Cup. 

McAvennie has backed the notion that Postecoglou will be at Celtic for the long term and thinks that he will relish the challenge of making the club a regular competitor in the UEFA Champions League. 

The former Celt told Football Insider

I think he is here for the next few years. He is an honourable guy, he wants to do a job. He is here to take Celtic to where I want. I think Celtic should be in the group stage every single year. 

“Once you get to the group stage you try and at least finish in the Europa League places. That is what Celtic deserve. If Ange does that he will be an absolute genius.”

Ange will remain focused on delivering more silverware at Celtic

Realistically, Postecoglou doesn’t seem like the sort of guy that will get his head turned or stray too much from the task at hand. 

Right now, that task is delivering more trophies at Celtic and the former Australia manager looks to be well on course to achieve his aims. 

Nevertheless, the Hoops need to keep themselves on a winning trajectory and that continues against Heart of Midlothian tomorrow night and then at the weekend in the Scottish Cup quarter-final against the same opponent. 

Hopefully, Postecoglou can stay at Celtic for a prolonged period and elevate our standing even further, both domestically and in Europe. 

For now, all focus will be on our end-of-season run-in, where there are still two prestigious pieces of silverware left to play for.