Report: Yokohama F Marinos set to replace new Celtic boss with Kevin Muscat

By John McGinley

June 24, 2021

Yokohama F Marinos will appoint former Rangersplayer Kevin Muscat as their new manager following the Ange Postecoglou exit to Celtic, it has been reported.

Postecoglou takes training at Lennoxtown for the first time today since leaving Japan.

There had been tentative rumours that Muscat was in line to be part of the Bhoys staff under the new boss. However, those reports were quickly denied by Celtic sources.

Now The Asian Game reports that Muscat will follow in the footsteps of Postecoglou for the second time in his career.

When Postecoglou left Melbourne Victory to take charge of the Australian national team in 2013, it was the former Ibrox man who was installed in his place.

The Asian Game reckons Muscat will be installed when the J-League takes a break during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The one thing we can be confident of is that the former Socceroo won’t be in the Celtic dugout when Postecoglou one day leaves!

No Kevin Muscat at Celtic but Marinos go for continuity

Still, it’s interesting to see Marinos go for a strategy of continuity following Postecoglou’s exit. As we’ve discussed many times, the new Celtic boss was a beloved figure at the club.

After his exit, the club vowed to continue playing football in the same manner. Some fans even asserted that Postecoglou had freed their thinking from the shackles of tradition!

Postecoglou made such an impression over there that they’ve gone for a manager as close to his profile as possible.

Yokohama F Marinos supporters adore new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Anyway, any tiny chance of Muscat popping up in Glasgow as a Celtic staff member is now gone. That’s a relief I’m sure!

The question is – who will be part of Postecoglou’s staff? Will he have his own men in the building? Will John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan stay beyond this pre-season?

These are the unknowns fans will want answers on as soon as possible.

In other news, today is a huge one for Celtic; the real work begins.