After a long search for a new manager, Celtic have selected Ange Postecoglou as their new manager.
Celtic have officially named a successor to Neil Lennon, with Ange Postecoglou taking over as manager with “immediate effect” at Parkhead.
The Greek-born Australian leader is on his way to Glasgow to take over after departing Japanese team Yokohama F. Marinos after 107 days without a permanent coach.
Celtic issued a statement to the Stock Exchange just before 9 a.m. confirming Postecoglou’s appointment, which read: “Celtic is pleased to announce the hiring of Ange Postecoglou as the club’s first team manager, with Ange commencing employment with immediate effect.”
“The Celtic board is delighted to welcome Ange to the club, and we look forward to working with him in the future.”
Postecoglou, though, is unlikely to be at the club’s Lennoxtown training camp on June 17 when the first-team squad reports back for the start of their pre-season preparations due to a 10-day quarantine.
Celtic are also awaiting a response from UEFA after requesting an exemption from the rules that require managers to carry a Pro-Licence – which Postecoglou does not – in order to manage in European competition.
Celtic spent hours pursuing number one target Eddie Howe after Lennon left on February 23.
When their bid for the former Bournemouth manager fell through, they were compelled to focus on Postecoglou.
Former Australia manager who won league titles in both his own country and Japan, as well as leading the Socceroos to the 2014 World Cup before stepping down only weeks before the 2018 finals in Russia.
However, after a nine-month stint in command of Greek third-tier side Panachaiki, the 55-year-old only has limited managerial experience in Europe.
“The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honors in sports, and the responsibility to lead our fantastic football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly,” said Postecoglou, who has signed a 12-month rolling deal.
I will do all in my power to return our wonderful club to its former glory.
“One of them is Celtic. (This is a brief piece.)