FROMER Celtic midfielder Jackson Irvine has spoken glowingly of the credentials of Ange Postecoglou.

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Postecoglou is rumoured to be the new favourite for the Celtic job after Eddie Howe’s talks with the club fell through.

Irvine worked under the Greek-born Australian manager while he was head coach of the Australian National Team. Postecoglou won the Asian Cup with the Socceroos before leaving his role just before the 2018 World Cup.

Irvine, who spent the second half of last season at Hibs after leaving Hull, explained why he would love to see the 55-year-old manage in Europe.

HeraldScotland:

Speaking on Open Goal, Irvine said: “Ange Postecoglou was an amazing, unbelievable coach. He’s in Japan now, he’s a coach I would love to see come and manage in Europe, I think he’d do really, really well.

“He ended up falling out, it became a bit of a mess at the end but as a coach he was top notch.

“The way he was asking us to play was hectic. The year before the World Cup was the Confederations Cup. We’d [Australia] won the Asian Cup before so we didn’t play that. We played Germany, Cameroon and Chile at the Confeds.

“This was Bielsa’s Chile by the way. We played that man for man style and went toe-to-toe with these teams, it was mental. Then we qualified and he walked away."