Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has been appointed coach of Scottish giants Celtic with immediate effect.
The Australian is now on his way to Glasgow after leaving Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos with whom he won a Japanese league title.
Celtic confirmed the news of Postecoglou’s appointment in a statement to the Stock Exchange: “Celtic is pleased to announce the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as team manager with Ange commencing employment with immediate effect.”
The 55-year Postecoglou has signed a 12-month rolling contract.
Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ange Postecoglou to the position of Football Manager.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 10, 2021
“The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honours in football and the responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly,” he said.
“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.
“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.
A landmark move for an Australian coach!
Congratulations, Ange Postecoglou 👏https://t.co/pAssOZnCfu
— Football Australia (@FootballAUS) June 10, 2021
“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.”
Postecoglou’s first mission will be taking back the Scottish Premier League title from arch rivals Rangers, who are coached by former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
Celtic’s statement described him as a “modern, progressive coach with exciting, attacking football as his philosophy”.
It continues a meteoric rise for Postecoglou, who began his coaching career in Australian domestic ranks and now takes on one of the biggest jobs in the European game.
After winning two titles with South Melbourne in the former National Soccer League, Postecoglou bedded down his coaching pedigree by taking Brisbane Roar to two A-League championships.
A brief stint at Melbourne Victory was next before the Socceroos came calling.
Postecoglou led the national team at the 2014 World Cup, but his crowning achievement came the following year when Australia lifted the Asian Cup on home soil.
His success put him in the sights of Celtic, which is desperate for a 52nd title.
“Ange is a manager we have known about for a number of years and someone who has been prominent in our thoughts for some time,” Outgoing Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said.
“He is a great coach who has attractive, winning football in his DNA.
“He has an excellent record, he is a very strong personality and someone with a real desire and passion to take Celtic forward.”
Socceroos great John Aloisi this week labelled Postecoglou’s looming appointment at Celtic as a game-changer for the sport in Australia.
Upon Celtic announcing the news, social media lit up with excitement about Postecoglou’s opportunity to manage a fabled club.
Postecoglou will have little time to settle in because Celtic begins its European campaign on July 20 or 21.
And the Bhoys face a tough task to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in four seasons, given they could cross paths with some major players in the non-champions route.
Postecoglou will be able to lead Celtic into Europe, though, after the club convinced UEFA to hand their new manager an exemption on rules requiring bosses to possess a UEFA Pro-Licence, which Postecoglou does not hold, to manage in European competition.