Footage emerges of Celtic-bound Ange Postecoglou waving goodbye to Yokohama fans

By David Walton

June 9, 2021

It looks all but certain that Celtic-bound Ange Postecoglou has managed his final game for Yokohama F.Marinos this afternoon.

The J-League outfit were in action this morning against Honda in the Emperor’s cup. However, it would end on a sour note with the fourth-tier side prevailing on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate after extra-time.

It had been widely reported heading into this morning’s game that this would be Postecoglou’s final game in charge [The Times]. This comes after a report from the Scottish Sun stating that Celtic were looking to appoint him this week.

And further evidence that this was indeed his final Yokohama Marinos game has emerged. The Greek-Australian was given around of applause as he waved goodbye to the supporters post-match:

Ange Postecoglou clearly saying his goodbyes to Yokohama F. Marinos support

This was more than just a simple thank you at the end of a regular game. It appears to be an emotional goodbye as he prepares to make his way to Scotland for the biggest job of his career.

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It’s a shame things ended on such a sour note this afternoon. Yokohama really should be putting Honda to the sword. But given all of the speculation surrounding his departure, you can understand the dip.

It’s not something Celtic fans should be overly concerned with either. He’s proven himself to be a success in Japan and in his homeland of Australia too. An isolated cup defeat doesn’t change that. Even the best managers have their bad cup defeats.

Ange Postecoglou is expected to arrive as manager at Celtic / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Now, all eyes are on when Celtic will make the announcement. It’s unlikely to be today, but you would hope to hear something by the end of the week. In truth, the club should be looking to put an end to the speculation as soon as they can.

It’ll also be interesting to see whether Postecoglou has anything to say about moving on post-match. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was to confirm his departure from Yokohama in his post-match press conference. Granted, the Yokohama Football Association has moved to limit the attending journalists.

Even so, this looks like it was his last match in charge. It’s time for the Celtic rebuild to truly kick-start.

In other news, Celtic are missing out on millions this summer, but they can’t truly be blamed.