Celtic appoint little-known Ange Postecoglou as their new boss, four months after Lennon’s departure

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Celtic FINALLY appoint Neil Lennon’s successor – nearly four months after he quit – as little-known Australian Ange Postecoglou is confirmed as their new boss on a 12-month contract

  • Celtic have confirmed the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as their new boss baas
  • The manager joins the Scottish side of his old club Yokohama F. Marinos
  • He will join the squad in Lennoxtown and take charge of their preparation for the season
  • Postecoglou has signed a 12-month rolling contract with the Scottish club

Celtic have officially appointed Ange Postecoglou as the club’s new manager and successor to Neil Lennon.

Postecoglou will join Celtic from his former club Yokohama F. Marinos – where he delivered the J League title – and end their 107-day wait for a permanent boss.

The 55-year-old will join the squad in Lennoxtown and take charge of their training camp for the season in Wales, which starts on July 5.

Celtic have officially confirmed the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as their new manager

Celtic have officially confirmed the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as their new manager

The Greek-born Australian boss has limited leadership experience in Europe, but has claimed: the Premiership and Championship titles in the Australian A League.

He also led the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup before resigning just weeks before the 2018 final in Russia.

Postecoglou – who has signed a rolling 12-month contract with the Scottish club – says the opportunity to lead such a team is a ‘great honour’.

He told the official of the club website“The opportunity given to me is one of the greatest honors in football and I will cherish the responsibility of leading our wonderful football club into the future.

Postecoglou succeeds former Celtic manager Neil Lennon on a 12-month rolling contract

Postecoglou succeeds former Celtic manager Neil Lennon on a 12-month rolling contract

Postecoglou succeeds former Celtic manager Neil Lennon on a 12-month rolling contract

Celtic missed out on the Scottish Premiership title to bitter rivals Rangers last season

Celtic missed out on the Scottish Premiership title to bitter rivals Rangers last season

Celtic missed out on the Scottish Premiership title to bitter rivals Rangers last season

‘Celtic is one of THE names in world football, there’s no doubt about it – a giant of a club, a real football institution and so much more – real history, real content, real authenticity and real soul. I know that Celtic is a real way of life for so many people and I know the demands of this position – I am willing to do everything I can to meet those demands.

“I will do everything I can to get our great club back on top while delivering the kind of football our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the goals I always set for myself and now I’m going to work on them.

“When you think of Celtic, you think of supporters and my dream is to see our fans back at Celtic Park as soon as possible. We all hope things change for the better and we can see our fans soon as they are essential to everything I want to do. We need our supporters by our side and I can’t wait to be with them again in a full of paradise.

He joins Celtic from his old club Yokohama F. Marinos - where he delivered the J League title

He joins Celtic from his old club Yokohama F. Marinos - where he delivered the J League title

He joins Celtic from his old club Yokohama F. Marinos – where he delivered the J League title

Postecoglou also won the Premiership and Championship titles in the Australian A League

Postecoglou also won the Premiership and Championship titles in the Australian A League

Postecoglou also won the Premiership and Championship titles in the Australian A League

“I have already had good conversations with Peter, Dom and the board about their ideas and strategy for the future of the club. I know that the new modern vision of the club is very much in line with mine and we now want to make it happen. In everything we do, we strive to give our fans a real quality successful team that they are excited about and proud of.

“We have already started our plans to add to the squad – we want to bring quality players to Celtic to strengthen the existing core of great talent.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the players on their return from the short season break and can’t wait to get started as Celtic Manager.”

While Celtic confirmed the news of Postecoglou’s appointment in a statement to the exchange which said: “Celtic are pleased to announce the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as the club’s first team manager, with Ange joining with immediate effect.

Postecoglou - who has signed a 12-month rolling contract - says it's a 'great honour'

Postecoglou - who has signed a rolling 12-month contract - says it's a 'great honour'

Postecoglou – who has signed a rolling 12-month contract – says it’s a ‘great honour’

“The Celtic board are delighted to welcome Ange to the club and look forward to working with him in the future.”

However, a 10-day quarantine period means it is unlikely that Postecoglou will be at Lennoxtown’s training base on June 17 when the first-team squad reports the start of their preparations for the season.

He is expected to join the team for their training camp in Wales, which starts on July 5.

In addition, Celtic are still awaiting a response from UEFA after requesting an exemption from rules requiring bosses to hold a Pro license – which Postecoglou does not have – if they want to succeed in European competition.

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