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Manager Spurs targeted before landing Postecoglou beats Celtic


Tottenham Hotspur targeted Arne Slot over the summer and the Feyenoord boss coasted past an Ange Postecoglou-less Celtic on Tuesday night.

Celtic may wish Arne Slot had swapped Feyenoord for Tottenham Hotspur over the summer after losing 2-0 at De Kuip.

Celtic headed to Rotterdam on Tuesday night, desperate to get their Champions League group stage campaign off to a fast start.

That didn’t happen for Brendan Rodgers though as Calvin Stengs whipped a fine free kick beyond Joe Hart and into the net.

Gustav Lagerbielke was given a straight red card in the second half, only for Hart to save Igor Paixao’s resulting spot-kick.

Odin Thiago Holm picked up a red card of his own before Alireza Jahanbakhsh put the nine-man Bhoys out of their misery.

This wasn’t ideal for Celtic and the influence of Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial search was felt in that 2-0 defeat…

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Arne Slot beats Ange Postecoglou-less Celtic

Tottenham simply had to find a manager who could bring some attractive, attacking football back to North London.

Arne Slot became the top target having masterfully guided Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title last season.

It looked like the Dutchman would be heading for Tottenham before Slot came out and committed his future to Feyenoord.

It all sounded a little messy; Sky Sports suggested that there was bad blood in the end as Spurs felt they were used in order for Slot to land a new deal.

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That meant Tottenham pivoted away to Ange Postecoglou, raiding Celtic for the Australian boss.

Feyenoord have been able to go into the Champions League with their star manager still in place whilst Celtic are still finding their feet under Rodgers.

Spurs are loving life under Postecoglou, all of which may just leave Celtic fans wondering what could have been.

In another world, Slot moved to Tottenham and Postecoglou stayed with Celtic, potentially leading to a very different outcome in Rotterdam.

This is just another sliding doors moment in football with Slot’s Champions League hopes ironically aided by a Celtic side still looking for top form after Postecoglou’s exit.

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