"Your football freed us", "I'll never forget"; Amazing reaction in Japan to Celtic announcement

By John McGinley

June 10, 2021

Yokohama F. Marinos supporters are coming to terms with the reality of Ange Postecoglou moving to Celtic.

Postecoglou is highly regarded in Japan and his departure from the J-League has devastated more than a few Marinos fans on social media today.

News broke this morning that Celtic had appointed the 55-year-old on a 12-month rolling contract, becoming our new permanent manager.

Although many have tried to undermine his achievements in Asia, Postecoglou brought excellent success to Marinos. Specifically, he guided them to a league title back in 2019.

It was their first title win in 15 years and only their fourth in history.

More than that he inspired their supporters with chaotic, attacking football that was never dull.

All anyone wants to see at Celtic is winning football, of course, so he’ll have to find a way to up that percentage even if he refuses to compromise on his footballing philosophy.

A bit of defensive discipline wouldn’t go amiss either – though the jury is definitely out on whether he can bring that. Even his most ardent supporters would likely admit it’s not a strong part of his tactical outlook.

Ange Postecoglou is the new Celtic manager / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

However, Postecoglou has never managed a team that have the best comparative resources in the league. If he is backed in the transfer market with sizeable fees and a cracking wage budget, good times could definitely be on the way to Celtic Park.

For now we’ll have to sit back and keep our fingers crossed.

Seeing the outpouring of support for him from Japanese fans is at least comforting for now.

Here’s some of the best reaction on social media…

In other news, what Tom Rogic has told the Celtic dressing room about Postecoglou.