Celtic could announce Yokohama F. Marinos manager Ange Postecoglou as Neil Lennon’s successor in the next few days.
What’s the story?
That’s according to ex-Rangers defender Craig Moore, who worked as an advisor for the former Australia national team boss at the 2014 World Cup and Asian Cup in 2015, who has revealed that the Hoops are close to finalising a deal for the 55-year-old.
“For a deal to happen here you’re talking days not weeks,” Moore revealed in an interview with Sky Sports News.
“Like any deal, there’s some behind-the-scenes stuff, whether that’s compensation – he is under contract at his current club in Japan – so again I expect a conclusion for this deal, if it was going to happen, in days not weeks.”
Fans will be delighted
The Glasgow giants have been without a permanent manager since February when Lennon resigned following a humiliating 1-0 loss to Scottish Premiership minnows Ross County.
Since then, several big names have been linked with the Celtic hot seat, including Roy Keane and Rafael Benitez, but Eddie Howe came closest to filling the void until talks broke down at the last minute.
That led to Postecoglou rather unexpectedly becoming the frontrunner, given his relatively modest CV compared to other candidates, but news that the club’s hierarchy are closing in on their chosen target will surely have the Celtic fans buzzing.
Celtic were aiming to win an unprecedented 10th league title in a row in 2020/21, but things went disastrously wrong.
Poor recruitment, substandard management and a drop-off in form from many of their key players led to a hugely underwhelming campaign for the Hoops, who eventually finished a whopping 25 points behind Steven Gerrard’s men.
The potential arrival of Postecoglou will bring a new sense of hope to Parkhead this summer, although the Australian-Greek boss will have to undertake an extensive squad rebuild in his first months at the helm.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting season of Scottish football as Celtic attempt to wrestle back their crown from the Gers, and the appointment of Postecoglou may make for an intriguing title race.