Celtic have reportedly spoken with Rui Faria as an alternative option to Ange Postecoglou, the Daily Record report.
The Lowdown: Hoops seek Postecoglou exemption
Recent reports have suggested that the Hoops have applied for an exemption with UEFA for the 55-year-old to manage in Europe.
The Hoops are thought to be confident Postecoglou will be granted an exemption to take over in Glasgow, but it seems as if the Celtic hierarchy are taking no chances.
The Latest: Faria discussions
According to the Daily Record, Celtic have spoken with Faria’s representatives.
The report claims that ‘Parkhead chiefs have held tentative talks’ – quite the shock six-word claim considering the strength of the links with Postecoglou in recent days – Football Insider even claimed he could be announced soon.
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The Verdict: Keeping all bases covered?
With Faria working in the United Kingdom alongside Mourinho at Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, Celtic may well have spoken with the 45-year-old as a backup option to Postecoglou.
They will know all too well that a deal for a new manager isn’t straightforward after the Howe debacle, so talking with the Portuguese coach could be a viable contingency plan.
It seems as if their first choice is still Postecoglou, though, with the Hoops reportedly reaching compensation terms with Yokohama F. Marinos on Thursday, but it’s certainly a shock to learn of their talks with Faira on the side.
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