Celtic are facing a further delay in their bid to bring Ange Postecoglou to the club.
The Lowdown: UEFA exemption
Reports earlier in the week revealed that the Hoops had applied for an exemption with UEFA for the 55-year-old to manage in Europe.
Postecoglou does not hold the required UEFA Pro Licence to manage in Europe, however, Celtic are confident that Postecoglou’s CV will earn him an exemption.
The process could reportedly take several weeks, but it appears as if the Scottish giants now have a new obstacle to overcome.
The Latest: Time zone issues
According to the Daily Mail, cited by the Daily Record, time zone issues are stalling final negotiations.
The report suggests that any potential unveiling now faces another delay, with the eight-hour difference posing a problem.
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The Verdict: 100 days and counting…
It’s not as if Japan has moved eight hours ahead overnight. Celtic would have been dealing with this all the way throughout talks with Postecoglou after their discussions with Eddie Howe collapsed last week, so one would have to hope this rather bizarre setback doesn’t pose a huge problem.
With Postecoglou also facing a 10-day quarantine should he arrive in Scotland, a move may well need to be wrapped up over the next three days.
Celtic are thought to be returning for pre-season on June 17, so that gives the Hoops until Monday to get Postecoglou over to Glasgow to ensure he’ll be out of quarantine and present at Parkhead for the first day back.
It’s been over 100 days since Neil Lennon resigned, but hopefully, the Hoops are closing in on a new boss.
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