Ange Postecoglou named Celtic boss after lengthy search for new manager

The Greek-born Australian boss is now on his way to Glasgow to take over after leaving Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos.

Ange Postecoglou named Celtic boss after lengthy search for new manager

Celtic have finally appointed a successor to Neil Lennon after confirming Ange Postecoglou as the club’s new manager with “immediate effect”.

After 107 days without a permanent boss, the Greek-born Australian is now on his way to Glasgow to take over at Parkhead after leaving Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos.

Celtic confirmed the news of Postecoglou’s appointment in a statement to the Stock Exchange shortly before 9am which read: “Celtic is pleased to announce the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as the club’s first team manager with Ange commencing employment with immediate effect.

“The board of Celtic is pleased to welcome Ange to the club and looks forward to working with him in the future.”

However, a 10-day quarantine stint means Postecoglou is unlikely to be at the club’s Lennoxtown training base on June 17 when the first-team squad report back for the start of their pre-season preparations.

Celtic are also waiting to hear back from UEFA after applying for an exemption on rules requiring bosses to possess a Pro-Licence – which Postecoglou does not hold – if they wish to manage in European competition.

After Lennon resigned back on February 23, Celtic spent weeks chasing number one target Eddie Howe.

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe came close to taking over at Parkhead before a change of heart (Catherine Ivill/PA)

The former Australia boss has won league titles in his homeland and in Japan, while he also led the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup before resigning just weeks ahead of the 2018 finals in Russia.

But the 55-year-old only has limited experience of managing in Europe following a nine-month spell in charge of Greek third-tier outfit Panachaiki.

Postecoglou – who has signed a 12-month rolling contract – said: “The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honours in football and the responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly.

“I know Celtic is a true way of life for so many people and I know the demands which come with this position – I am ready to do all I can to meet those demands.

“I will be doing everything I can to get our great club back on top and, at the same time, deliver the kind of football which our fans appreciate.

“We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the objectives which I always set myself and which I now begin work on.”

The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory boss added: “When you think of Celtic, you think of supporters and my dream is to see our fans back at Celtic Park with us as soon as possible.

Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon
Postecoglou succeeds Neil Lennon, who saw his Hoops side overtaken by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers (Jeff Holmes/PA)

“I have already had great discussions with Peter (Lawwell), Dom (McKay) and the board about their ideas and strategy for the future of the club. I know the club’s new modern vision aligns very much with mine and we now look to go and deliver on this.

“In everything we do we aim to give our fans a successful team of real quality, which they are excited about and can be proud of.

“We have already begun work on our plans for adding to the squad – we aim to bring players of quality to Celtic to enhance the existing core of great talent.

“I very much look forward to meeting with the players on their return from the close season break and I can’t wait to get started as Celtic manager.”

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