Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has won over many supporters this season and music legend Rod Stewart can now be added to that list.
Stewart is a diehard Hoops fan and reportedly refused to sign a Celtic shirt recently after questioning whether the man who wanted it autographed actually supported the club.
Postecoglou was charged with turning the Hoops around this season and has defied the doubters to steer his side to the top of table with four league games remaining.
The Australian coach has quickly impressed with the Scottish giants, earning his own fan songs and even winning the support of a music icon.
“It’s all a bit surreal. Before one of our recent games I had a knock on my door and Rod Stewart came in and gave me a hug so that goes to show how my world’s changed,” Postecoglou told ABC’s Offsiders.
Celtic face fierce rivals Rangers in an Old Firm derby on Sunday where a win would all but wrap up the Scottish Premiership for Postecoglou’s side.
The former Socceroos boss has savoured the atmosphere such games produce and the passion Hoops fans always show for their team.
“The atmosphere you literally couldn’t hear yourself think, let alone talk. For me, that part’s probably been the most special bit,” Postecoglou said.
“I’ve craved that sort of passion for my game that I know we have for other sports in our country but that’s what was missing. I was such a driven person but I didn’t feel like we had the same passion for the game that exists over here.
“I’ve got it in bucketloads over here. It is truly special, truly unique.”
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With Celtic closing in on the league title, Postecoglou was asked about any possible celebrations he has planned.
While quick to stress the job isn’t done yet, he does have his eye on one suitably Scottish way to celebrate.
“It’ll be special. I have already got a fairly decent collection of some fine Scottish whiskey,” he said.
“If it does happen then I’ll break open up a couple of special ones and have a few quiet ones.”