Report: Celtic fans set for big Ange Postecoglou news after new timeframe emerges
The Celtic fans will finally see Ange Postecoglou appointed within the next 72 hours, the Scottish Sun reports.
The report states that personal terms between the Greek-Australian and the Hoops has been finalised. With compensation also agreed with Yokohama, it looks as though the path is now clear for the former J-League title winner to be appointed at Parkhead.
Despite initial concerns over Postecoglou’s lack of sufficient UEFA coaching badges, Celtic are said to be relaxed about the situation [The Sun]. It would bring an end an over 100-day wait for the Hoops to finally appoint a permanent successor to Neil Lennon.
Postecoglou potentially took charge of his final Yokohama Marinos game this morning. The J-League side drew 1-1 against Consadole Sappor0 in the J-League Cup. Afterward, the potential next Celtic boss refused to comment on the Parkhead speculation.
Celtic’s pre-season begins in the third week of June, with a trip to Wales on the agenda before the Champions League qualifiers.
Celtic fans need to try and remain patient with Postecoglou early on
With this deal finally appearing to come to a conclusion, it’s important that we as supporters play our bit. It’s on us to ensure that the new man is backed and isn’t hounded out the door the moment the first mistake is made.
We all know the narrative that follows unknown managers. One mistake and they’re perceived to know very little about football. It’s a vicious atmosphere for manager such as Posteocglou, who has never managed in a top-flight European league.
And that’s why it’s important we keep our heads. The new man will have enough on his plate without having to deal with fuming supporters. Expectations will need to be reasonable, whilst early blips need to be allowed to be seen as growing pains.
For example, demanding Posteocglou qualifies for the Champions League doesn’t seem fair. Not when you look at the scale of rebuild needed at Celtic Park this summer. His squad likely won’t be a settled one for some time yet.
Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll get a free pass this year. Far from it in fact. Postecoglou needs to ensure that the league title is taken from Rangers this season. That’s the be-all and end-all. If he fails to do that, major question marks will be asked in the summer regardless of how well we’ve been playing.
However, when the news is announced, we need to do what we do best and support. We all have plenty of gripes with the board, but if Postecoglou is going to have any chance of success here, he needs us behind him.
In other news, Postecoglou refused to be drawn on the Celtic latest today.