Ange favoured to take charge of Celtic

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is on the verge of taking charge of Scottish giants Celtic.

Postecoglou, currently coaching Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos, is the favourite in British betting markets to be named Celtic boss after expected appointment, ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, pulled out of the race.

The Scottish Sun has reported that Postecoglou is “well known” to Celtic officials due to “close links” the club has with Yokohama F. Marinos’ owners, the City Group.

The same newspaper also reported that Postecoglou’s main rival for the job was ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.

The Celtic job is vacant after the late-season departure of Neil Lennon, with the Hoops’ run of nine successive Scottish Premier League titles having been brought to an end by their Glasgow rivals Rangers.

Ange Postecoglou has been linked with a move to Celtic. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Former Rangers and Socceroos defender Craig Moore, who is currently based in Glasgow and played under Postecoglou at Brisbane Roar as well as being part of Postecoglou’s support staff during his stint as Socceroos coach, said his former coach would be a good choice for Celtic.

“Ange would go in with no fear. He would also experience something he has never before here in Glasgow. Pressure is daily and your only ever one game away from a disaster. Celtic were a mess this season and I have no doubt he would improve them significantly,” Moore tweeted.

“Anything less than winning the title here for Rangers or Celtic is a failed campaign for that manager. But I think he has earned the opportunity.”

Postecoglou, 55, ed the Roar to back-to-back A-League titles in 2011 and 2012, took Yokohama F. Marinos to Japanese glory in 2019, and guided the Socceroos to Asian Cup success in 2015.

“Won things at Brisbane playing good football. Won the Asian Cup with national team. Won the J-League. Goes good,” Moore tweeted.

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