Report explains why Celtic haven't announced Postecoglou yet amid frustrating hold-up

By David Walton

June 1, 2021

 A report from the Daily Record has moved to explain why Celtic have yet to announce the appointment of Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou was linked with the club back on Friday, with the BBC reporting that his announcement was expected early this week. 67HailHail learned from the club on Friday that they were in advanced talks with another manager after the Eddie Howe deal broke down.

However, fast forward four more days and still we’ve yet to hear anything. No appointment has been made early this week. Even with the players due back at Lennoxtown in only a couple of weeks’ time.

The Record has tried to clear up why an appointment hasn’t been announced last night. They’ve stated that Celtic will have to wait until his current club, Yokohama Marinos, have identified their successor before he gets permission to fly to Scotland and complete the move.

Celtic’s pre-season camp will begin on July 5th in Wales. With Postecoglou having 10 days of self-isolation when he arrives from Japan, it remains to be seen if he’s available to start work for the players’ pre-season return date later this month.

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Celtic rebuild keeps being put off; Postecoglou simply must be given time

When Howe was being linked with Celtic, I made it clear that nothing other than winning the league next season was good enough. Yes, there was a monumental rebuild on our hands. But that was under the impression he would well be in by now. That he would have done plenty of work on summer targets in preparation for his arrival.

The switch to Postecoglou hasn’t been ideal for that same rebuild. All of a sudden, we’re nearly three weeks into our off-season and it’s not long before the players return to training. Our new man isn’t even in yet. He also won’t have done anywhere near as much background work on players as Howe will have had.

So much so that we could now be faced with our rebuild taking a lot longer to complete than was initially planned. Postecoglou won’t have seen much of the Celtic players. That was one of the benefits with Howe. He had been out of work since he was first reported to have agreed to take the job in April [Scottish Sun]. He would’ve had weeks to take a look at the squad and know for certain what he wanted to do.

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

Howe had time that Postecoglou doesn’t

Now we’ve to wait on Yokohama bagging a successor before we can announce Postecoglou? That’s even before he can actually fly to Scotland and self-isolate for 10 days? At this rate, he’ll have about a month to prepare for the Champions League qualifiers and not much longer for the league campaign. We can’t cram the full rebuild into that timescale or anything close to it.

What we need to see this season from the new manager is progress. This is an overhaul that’s going to go well into the January window and possibly next summer too. Howe had the prep time to ensure that we were as well equipped as possible to deal with it. Postecoglou hasn’t. And fans’ patience with him should reflect that.

Fingers crossed things start picking up over the next few weeks with regards to player incomings and departures. But the way it’s going, don’t expect the rebuild to be anywhere near over by the start of the season. Celtic haven’t given Postecoglou anywhere near enough time to expect that.

In other news, Kristoffer Ajer reportedly has yet another club in for him, and Celtic know them well.