Celtic cult hero Albert Kidd takes a VIP tour of Lennoxtown on his return to Scotland 36 years after breaking Hearts

Cult CELTIC hero Albert Kidd enjoyed an access tour of all areas of the club’s training base this week.

But he knows there’s only one real VIP in Lennoxtown.


Albert Kidd in action for Dundee against Hearts in 1986Credit: Scottish News and Sport

Kidd smashed both goals for Dundee who denied Hearts the title and sent silverware to Celtic Park in 1986.

After ending his playing career in Australia, the former frontman studied for his coaching badges with Ange Postecoglou.

And he says his friend has not only brought the Championship trophy back to heaven, he is also mentoring the next TWO generations of coaches Down Under.

Kidd, 60, told SunSport: “I always thought Ange had a different management style than a lot of people. He knows what he wants.

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“Looking at the year he’s had at Celtic, it’s been so good. He likes the quick passes from his players. He doesn’t want people holding the ball for too long.

“It’s two touches and getting rid of the ball and going into the final third. He likes ball players, good football players and he has done well.

“It’s like that in all the clubs he’s been to. Look at Japan, where he won the title.

“The Australian teams he coached, Brisbane Roar, for example, were also very good teams. He has a knack for getting his players to play for him.

Dundee-born Kidd is revered by Celts fans after his Dens Park exploits 36 years ago – and even had supporters’ clubs named after him.

But he was well aware of Postecoglou’s qualities long before he swapped Yokohama F Marinos for Glasgow 15 months ago.

And he revealed that the work of the gaffer Hoops helps the bosses of his former club and also in his native country.

He said: “It’s good that we can promote the game in Australia with an Australian coach who is doing so well overseas.

“Not only that, but Ange actually groomed Kevin Muscat to go to Japan after he left. A good buddy of mine, Ross Aloisi, is there to help Kevin.

“And it looks like they have a good chance of winning the championship again with Yokohama.

“He would be another Australian manager with a bit of pedigree.

“Ange is also still involved with the Institute of Sport. Each time I went there, it was Ange who wrote the programs and they took care of them.

“When you’re in Australia, potential coaches need an A League badge and when you do, it’s Ange’s methodology that you study.”

Postecoglou added to the Australian contingent at Lennoxtown by signing coach Harry Kewell and midfielder Aaron Mooy in the summer just as Tom Rogic left.

Kidd, who now lives in Adelaide, added: “I met Harry on Monday. What a great appointment it is, he’s just an Aussie legend

“It will be great for the players to be coached by Harry. Ange inherited the coaches there and didn’t bring his own guys.

“It’s unusual because you want your own employees to work for you. Now he has Harry with John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

“Harry will have an impact on what Celtic do. He is a household name and one of the best, if not the best player Australia has produced.

Kidd says he still remembers his brace against Hearts which, coupled with Celtic’s 5-0 win at St Mirren, completed a remarkable title turnaround on the final day.

He also met his former Dundee boss Archie Knox this week after suffering the Dark Blues defeat to Partick Thistle.

Kidd added: “Dundee players always tell me I’ve come a long way on those two goals. That’s the good thing about Scotland – no one ever forgets that.

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“I walk into a pub and someone comes and says, ‘Here’s a pint for you, little guy, God bless you.

“You know where it comes from. He is either a Celtic punter or a Hibs punter. He won’t be a Hearts bettor, let me tell you.

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