Reports of long-term Postecoglou Celtic pursuit don't add up

By David Walton

May 30, 2021

A report from the Daily Record last night claimed that Ange Postecoglou has been monitored by Celtic stretching back to February.

Postecogluou looks almost certain to become the next Celtic manager after a breakdown in talks with Eddie Howe. The BBC believe that the Greek-Australian coach could be appointed early next week after a dramatic few days at Parkhead.

However, despite what appears to be a rushed move, the Record stated that Celtic have actually been tracking him for months. In fact, they stretch back Celtic’s interest in the current Yokohama Marinos manager back to when Neil Lennon left the club over three months ago.

It’s a topic that’s raised an eyebrow with Celtic supporters. Not to bash Postecoglou, especially given he very well could be our next boss, but this is all just a touch difficult to get to grips with right out.

The likes of Roy Keane, Jesse Marsch, Lucien Favre, David Moyes, Michael O’Neill, nd Steve Clarke have all been linked with the job in recent weeks/months. There hasn’t been a single peep from the media that we were taking a look at Postecoglou. Not a mention that he’s on any managerial shortlist or that we’d even come into any sort of communication with him.

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If Postecoglou has been so well-known to Celtic, how have they managed to keep it silent?

Celtic couldn’t keep anything out of the press regarding the Eddie Howe approach. There have been constant links to him for two months along with the other candidates mentioned above. Nothing about Postecoglou.

Obviously, there’s something in Celtic’s interest in him. He looks nailed-on to get the job all of a sudden. But this doesn’t look like something the club was considering all the way back in February.

Sky Sports reported yesterday that it was Fergal Harkin who recommended him to the club. Whether that’ll lead to a Sporting Director role for the Man City man remains to be seen. However, it looks as though this has only been a prospect that has been made known to us more recently than February.

Ange Postecoglou has apparently been monitored by Celtic for months / (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

This could easily be the club trying to cover its own brass neck. Trying to make out that this was always some sort of long-term back-up plan that we had in mind. But given how we’ve been run as a football club over the last 10 months, that’s difficult to believe. This looks as though it’s come to our attention much more recently than that.

Again, nothing against Postecoglou. When he’s announced and outlines his vision to the supporters, we’ll all get behind him. He deserves that. This is a club that prides itself on the support of its fans. It must be remembered that the Yokohama manager hasn’t done a thing wrong.

But has he truly been in our sights for a long time? Given the rumour just came totally out of the blue on Friday, it feels doubtful to say the least.

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