Celtic have had Ange Postecoglou on their radar for a long time – Lawwell, Peter

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Celtic have had Ange Postecoglou on their radar for a long time – Lawwell, Peter

Celtic have been watching Ange Postecoglou for years, according to Peter Lawwell.

When long-time number one candidate Eddie Howe pulled out of a transfer to Celtic Park late last month, the outgoing Hoops chief executive was compelled to put together a rushed proposal for the Yokohama F. Marinos manager.

Celtic have moved quickly to bring in the Greek-born Australian after wasting more than three months trying to persuade the former Bournemouth manager north.

And Lawwell is confident that selecting the 55-year-old as Parkhead manager in his final significant act will ensure the club’s return to winning ways.

“Ange is a manager we have known about for a number of years and someone who has been prominent in our thoughts for some time,” said Lawwell, who will step down at the end of the month after 17 years in command.

“He’s a fantastic coach with a winning football gene in his veins. He has a great track record, a powerful personality, and a genuine drive and enthusiasm to lead Celtic forward.

“I wish Ange and Dominic (McKay) the best of luck in the future, and I am confident they will work hard to bring the club and our fans tremendous success.”

It will be up to the new CEO, Dominic McKay, to work with Postecoglou to chart a course forward.

It won’t be simple, though, with a massive squad revamp required and only six weeks until the club’s Champions League qualifying campaign begins on July 20.

McKay, on the other hand, believes the club has found the perfect guy to manage the rebuild.

“I am ecstatic that we have been able to secure Ange as the new Celtic manager,” he stated.

“Ange and his shared vision to work with me to develop and evolve the club, focusing on bringing back sustainable success, has impressed me greatly in all of our meetings.

“I believe he has the coaching and managerial qualifications to be a big success at Celtic, and we’ve already started working together. (This is a brief piece.)

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