Celtic: Lennon resigns after traumatic second stint
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Celtic have announced Ange Postecoglou as their next manager after months of speculation with the new boss ready to do “everything I can” to topple Rangers. Celtic have been looking for Neil Lennon’s successor ever since he left nearly four months ago.
Eddie Howe was seen as the top candidate to come in this summer, but the former Bournemouth boss rejected a move to Glasgow.
But Celtic then turned their attention to Postecoglou, who joined from Japanese club Yokohama F Marinos.
The former Australia international won back-to-back A-League titles with Brisbane Roar in 2011 and 2012 before taking up the role as national team coach in 2013.
His biggest success came in leading Australia to its first AFC Asian Cup win in 2015 and would go on to help the country qualify for the 2018 World Cup before resigning ahead of the tournament.
Postecoglou also went on to win a J1 League title with Yokohoma in 2019 for their first top-flight victory in 15 years.
He now arrives at Celtic in the midst of a rebuild as they seek to retake top spot in the Scottish Premiership after Rangers beat them to the title last season.
And Postecoglou is already working on transfer plans to begin building his own squad to bring the fight to Rangers.
“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,” he said on 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.
“When you think of Celtic, you think of supporters and my dream is to see our fans back at Celtic Park with us as soon as possible.
“We all hope things are changing for the better and can see our fans soon as they are vital to everything I want to do. We need our supporters back by our side and I can’t wait to be with them back in a packed Paradise.
“I have already had great discussions with Peter, Dom and the Board about their ideas and strategy for the future of the club.
“I know the club’s new modern vision aligns very much with mine and we now look to go and deliver on this. In everything we do we aim to give our fans a successful team of real quality, which they are excited about and can be proud of.
“We have already begun work on our plans for adding to the squad – we aim to bring players of quality to Celtic to enhance the existing core of great talent.
“I very much look forward to meeting with the players on their return from the close season break and I can’t wait to get started as Celtic manager.”
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