Ange Postecoglou snubs Celtic question as Yokohama Marinos draw in J-League Cup

By David Walton

June 6, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has again snubbed questions on a potential move to Celtic after Yokohama Marinos drew 1-1 this morning.

The speculation surrounding the Greek-Australian’s move to Parkhead continues to ramp up. Last week, he stated that his full focus was on today’s J-League Cup game against Consadole Sapporo [Japan Times].

And it looks as though he’s taken the same vow of silence today. According to Japan Times reporter Dan Orlowitz, Postecoglou gave a “no comment” answer when given a question about the Celtic job. According to the reporter, the presser ended when two more foreign journalists put their hands up for a question:

This was backed up by freelance J-League reporter Sean Carroll, who was also in attendance for the presser:

Ange Postecoglou and Yokohama silence tells you enough

There you have it then. If there was very little in his reported move to Parkhead, then Postecoglou could easily have answered the questions. By refusing to do so, it’s telling you all you need to know. This is happening.

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It could very well be that the former Australia boss has taken charge of his final Yokohama game. However, with their next match coming on Wednesday night against Honda in the Emperor’s Cup, they’ll be back in action soon enough.

Yokohama F. Marinos boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

In terms of today’s clash, Yokohama were fortunate to get away with a point. They managed to peg back Consadole just before half-time thanks to Teruhito Nakagawa’s stoppage-time effort. The draw leaves them in good shape for the second leg, due to take place next Sunday.

If Postecoglou is still in charge by then, Celtic fans won’t be happy. It’s essential that he uses any time he spends in Japan to get learning about the Celtic squad. Especially if a deal is close to being finalised.

But once again, we haven’t learned anything new from the A-League and J-League winner. If there’s one thing Postecoglou is clearly good at, it’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

In other news, Neil Lennon has admitted he would’ve preferred his own staff at Celtic.