Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou’s stunning move to Celtic is essentially complete.
Sky Sports reported on Monday night (AEST) that Postecoglou and the Scottish football giant had “verbally agreed personal terms” for the former to become the club’s new manager.
The report indicated Celtic was hopeful of Postecoglou landing in the UK before July 5, which is when the club’s pre-season training camp in Wales begins.
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SEN broadcaster Andy Maher and The Scotsman football journalist Barry Anderson reported Postecoglou would lead Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos for a final time on Wednesday before jetting to Glasgow after the match.
Postecoglou would then have to quarantine for 10 days before taking charge of his new side.
The 55-year-old emerged as Celtic’s No. 1 target after negotiations with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe fell through.
Postecoglou was on the verge of signing with Celtic last week, although the deal has been delayed due to UEFA’s coaching licence requirements, which currently don’t recognise Australian qualifications.
Former Celtic player and multiple Premier League club manager Paul Lambert predicted Postecoglou would fit into the club promptly.
“If that’s the case, it’s great news for everybody in Glasgow, the Celtic supporters especially,” Lambert told Sky Sports.
“It’s been a long time, but hopefully they’ve got the right guy and he goes and rescues the title back.
“I think it’s important he puts his own mark on it, which I’m pretty sure he will do. He’ll find his feet pretty quickly.”
Postecoglou has previously managed Australia, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar – winning two A-League championships with the latter.
He also won the Asian Cup with Australia in 2015 and the J-League Title with Yokohama FM – his current club – in 2019.