With the news that Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is close to being appointed as Tottenham Hotspur boss, attention naturally turns to his successor and planning for the 2023/24 season.
Postecoglou has given us quite a ride over the last two seasons, winning five of the six domestic trophies available. It all culminated in an emotional treble win on Saturday. David Ornstein of The Athletic now reports that Spurs are expected to appoint him this week.
Many Celtic fans will undoubtedly feel a bit of sadness about Postecoglou leaving for pastures new. But from the club’s perspective, it’s all about sticking to business and getting on with the task of building for the future.
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Thankfully, the club are in an incredibly strong position when considering its next steps. Arguably, they’ve never been in a better one when a vacancy has come up. A treble-winning squad, guaranteed UEFA Champions League group football, a big transfer budget supported by record revenue and a whole summer to prepare the team before a competitive fixture.
Celtic shouldn’t be looking to settle here. Ambition can and must be shown because, surely, there are plenty out there who fancy a go at working in Glasgow under these conditions.
At this stage, there is no original reporting on who Dermot Desmond, Michael Nicholson and Peter Lawwell may be looking at to take on the job if Postecoglou’s exit is confirmed.
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I’m sure many familiar names will be linked, but with the club’s prior quest to appoint Eddie Howe and the success of Postecoglou’s reign, we know that strong candidates can emerge from outside the Celtic bubble. No stone should be left unturned or question unasked.
If the board get this right, it could be another exciting new era for fans to throw their weight behind. Celtic never stop, after all.