Kevin Muscat celebrates the first Celtic trophy for Ange Postecoglou as he blasts ‘laziness’ and says the boss is a pioneer

Former Rangers defender Kevin Muscat has blasted Ange Postecoglou’s opponents for lack of research and “pure laziness”.

And Australia, who replaced him as Yokohama F. Marinos boss when Postecoglou joined Celtic in June, are so proud of their compatriot.

Muscat has seen from a distance how Postecoglou himself managed the Parkhead summer.

And while he is six points behind going into the Premier League winter break, the boss won the Premier Sports Cup this month and saw the Hibs in the final to win his first piece of Scottish silverware.

Muscat reckons the critics have gone silent and said, “When Ange arrived, I said on another platform that it was a predictable reaction.

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“Some really high-profile people did not cover themselves in glory with their lack of knowledge, lack of research and pure laziness.

“His success is great to see and I also think it’s good for the competition.

“Celtic seem to have stabilized under Ange and he has brought something completely different from what they have seen in recent years.

“Rangers have also changed manager, with Steven Gerrard joining Aston Villa and Giovanni van Bronckhorst coming in. I think freshness from both sides of town and the football being played … it’s good for Scottish football. ”



Kevin Muscat with Ange Postecoglou

And Muscat admits he has inherited a good side from Postecoglou, who won Yokohama their first title in 15 years when he took charge.

He said: “There are so many styles creeping into the game and Ange was obviously a catalyst four years ago. He turned the conservative approach upside down and was really aggressive in the way he did things.

“Since then, clubs and coaches have moved away from the 4-4-2 formation and the conservative approach.

“Japan has a wonderful, strong competition with three professional leagues. It’s a place I’ve really found myself in and I enjoy it.

“Over the years, it has been a conservative competition and their playing style has been conservative, but in the last four to five years, it has started to change.

“They are much more adventurous now that we know where the technical individuals are and where the technical teams are.”

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