With Celtic’s pre-season preparations due to get underway in the next few weeks, it is great to see that they now have a permanent manager in place.
The Hoops lost Neil Lennon back in February and had moved forward with only an interim head coach at the helm but that’s all in the past now.
At long last, Celtic have their man.
The Australian agreed personal terms and reportedly waved farewell to Japan earlier this week where he was managing Yokohama Marinos.
The 55-year-old will take over a club looking for a refresh after their period of complete dominance came to a crashing end last season.
When Dominic McKay entered the building at Parkhead, his arrival was met with a sense of optimism.
After all, he was replacing Peter Lawwell, a man much-maligned for what’s unravelled under his stewardship this term.
The Hoops failed to win a trophy and much of the anger has been diverted towards Lawwell because it was the CEO who replaced Brendan Rodgers with Neil Lennon in the first place.
Celtic’s struggles can be traced back to that very moment and even if he’s had a say in the new managerial chase, he’s now left the building.
When their move for Howe collapsed, it would have been easy for the hierarchy to panic. However, credit where credit’s due, McKay stood grounded. He moved quickly for another target and has concluded proceedings in a swift fashion.
Their chase for Howe was over two months but their new target is now officially through the door.
This is a wonderful start to McKay’s time in Glasgow; he just needs to hope that Postecoglou turns out to be the right hire.
If the Aussie does succeed, the sense of elation that McKay undoubtedly has from appointing him will turn into pure euphoria.
The former Australia national team boss is an unknown quantity in Europe but his possession-based football and high pressing system should fit the Celtic philosophy.
For once, there is a sense of excitement in the air at Paradise. McKay should be elated, and very proud, of how he handled the post-Howe fallout, but the hard work has only just begun.