Ange Postecoglou’s all-conquering Celtic side will join Premier League team Everton to play matches in Sydney in a matter of weeks – as Aussie manager returns home for huge announcement
- Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou flew from Scotland to promote Sydney Super Cup
- Hoops will play in tournament featuring Everton, Sydney FC and Wanderers
- Been dubbed the ‘homecoming’ for all-conquering Celtic boss Postecoglou
- Games at Allianz Stadium, Accor Stadium and CommBank from November 17
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has gone above and beyond, flying from Scotland to Australia to promote his side’s appearance at the inaugural Sydney Super Cup in November.
The former Socceroos boss was on hand on Tuesday to spruik the four-team tournament, which will also feature English Premier League squad Everton and A-League sides Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Blues have replaced Celtic’s bitter rivals Rangers, who controversially withdrew from the tournament.
Postecoglou, 57, utilised the current international break to celebrate what has been dubbed his ‘homecoming’.
He spoke of his ‘great pride’ to be in familiar surroundings, with the Hoops to play the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium on November 17 before backing up to play Frank Lampard’s Everton at Accor Stadium on November 20.
Manager Ange Postecoglou announces Celtic’s visit to Australia on Tuesday in Sydney
Celtic will play Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on November 17 before backing up to play Frank Lampard’s Everton (pictured) at Accor Stadium on November 20
Mark Rudan’s Wanderers will be Everton’s second match in the Harbour City at Commbank Stadium in Parramatta three days later.
‘We have a large contingent of (Celtic) supporters down under, and knowing an Aussie manager is in charge (of the club) is very humbling for me,’ Postecoglou told 10 News.
‘Playing fantastic Premier League opposition will be great, and such a big club in Everton will be a wonderful experience.
‘Everyone knows how closely the EPL is followed in Australia, everyone is excited about the opportunity.’
Socceroos great Harry Kewell – part of Postecoglou’s coaching staff at Celtic Park – also took the opportunity to return home after growing up in Sydney’s west.
He is loving life with the Scottish champions and is counting down the days to the Sydney Super Cup.
Socceroos great Harry Kewell (left) – part of Postecoglou’s coaching staff at Celtic Park – also took the opportunity to return home to his roots after growing up in Sydney
Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers will take part in the inaugural Sydney Super Cup with global football giants Celtic and Everton (pictured, Sky Blues goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne)
‘Everyone has embraced me at the club from day one,’ the former Leeds and Liverpool winger said.
‘As soon as Ange gave me a call, I was all in.
‘To be back in my home town is also very exciting, I grew up a short distance from Accor Stadium, it is always good to go back there.
‘Everton are a special team, it will be a privilege to play them.
‘Both teams will look to show what they can do with the ball…it will be a great spectacle for the fans.’
The Sydney Super Cup will be a bi-annual event featuring Europe’s top football teams in NSW every two years, Destination NSW announced.
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