Celtic are set to appoint Ange Postecoglou as their new manager after they agreed a compensation package with his current employers Yokohama F. Marinos, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: 100 days of mystery
Undoubtedly, Celtic fans have been screaming out for clarity regarding their managerial situation in recent weeks. They are still manager-less after Neil Lennon’s acrimonious departure in February [The Scottish Sun] – the Hoops have now officially gone 100 days without a permanent boss.
Initially failing to land preferred target Eddie Howe after nearly three months of talks [BBC], Celtic have turned to Postecoglou as the man they believe can lead the Hoops back to Scottish Premiership glory in 2021/22. It now seems that they have secured his signature.
The Latest: Celtic set to finally appoint Postecoglou
Reported to be in advanced talks since Sunday [Sky Sports], Celtic have been working round the clock to finalise the Postecoglou deal.
Bringing this chapter to a close, they have reportedly agreed a six-figure fee to buy the 55-year-old out of his contract in Japan [Football Insider].
Despite having to apply for an exemption due to his absence of the required UEFA coaching licenses [Sky Sports], Celtic sources have revealed that he could be formally announced within the next 24 hours [Football Insider].
The Verdict: Huge relief for everyone connected with Celtic
Unquestionably, this news will come as a great relief to many Celtic supporters. Needing a major revamp ahead of the new campaign, attention will immediately turn to recruiting players who fit the style of play Postecoglou wants to implement at Celtic.
Should he bring these qualities to Scotland, it surely won’t be too long before Celtic are back amongst the honours, but the sooner they can get him through the door and working his magic the better.
In other news, Alan Brazil has issued his verdict on the Australian manager.
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