Ange Postecoglou named Celtic head coach

Glasgow: AFC Asian Cup-winning head coach Ange Postecoglou has been named the new manager of Scottish giants Celtic.

The Australian, who steered the Socceroos to the continental title on home soil in 2015, replaces Neil Lennon at the helm of the Glasgow club as they look to reclaim the Scottish Premier League title lost to bitter rivals Rangers last season.

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Postecoglou leaves Yokohama F Marinos after leading the club to the J.League title in 2019, the first time in 15 years the team had been crowned Japanese champions.

“Celtic is one of THE names in world football, of that there is no doubt – a giant of a club, a proper footballing institution and so much more – real history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul,” Postecoglou told Celtic’s official website.

“I know Celtic is a true way of life for so many people and I know the demands which come with this position – I am ready to do all I can to meet those demands.

“I will be doing everything I can to get our great club back on top and, at the same time, deliver the kind of football which our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the objectives which I always set myself and which I now begin work on.”

The move is the latest in an upward trajectory for Postecoglou that has seen him win titles in his native Australia as well as work at the FIFA World Cup and in the J.League.

He led Brisbane Roar to back-to-back A-League Championships in 2011 and 2012 and took Australia to the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2014 after taking over from Holger Osieck mere months before the tournament in Brazil.

Postecoglou then led Australia to their first-ever AFC Asian Cup in 2015 and was named the AFC Coach of the Year as a result before qualifying his country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He stood down from the role ahead of the Finals in Russia.

The 55-year-old then moved to Japan to take over at Marinos, where he won the title in 2019 before leading the club to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League last year.

“I am delighted we have been able to secure Ange as the new Celtic football manager,” said the club’s incoming chief executive Dominic McKay.

"In all our discussions, I have been hugely impressed by Ange and his aligned vision to work with me to develop and evolve the club, focused on bringing back sustained success.

"He is someone I believe has the coaching and managerial credentials to be a real success at Celtic and we are already working closely together on our plans for the season and seasons ahead.”

Photos: AFC, AFP

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