Celtic have appointed Ange Postecoglou as new manager on a rolling 12-month contract.
The former Australia boss has been identified as the Parkhead club’s main target to replace Neil Lennon after negotiations with Eddie Howe broke off, citing “reasons beyond his and Celtic’s control”.
Postecoglou, 55, comes from Yokohama F. Marinos – whom he led to the J League title in 2019.
The Greek-born manager won two A-League titles with Brisbane Roar before taking over for the Socceroos in 2013.
His four-year tenure saw him qualify the national team for the 2014 World Cup and win the Asian Cup in 2015.
John Kennedy had been Celtic’s interim manager since Lennon resigned in February, with the club ending the season 25 points behind Scottish Premiership champions Rangers.
Upon his appointment, Postecoglou said: “The opportunity given to me is one of the greatest honors in football and the responsibility of leading our magnificent football club into the future is a responsibility that I will cherish very much. .
“Celtic is one of the names in world football, there is no doubt – a giant club, a real football institution and so much more – real story, real substance, real authenticity and real soul. I know that Celtic is a real way of life for so many people and I know the demands that come with this job – I’m willing to do whatever I can to meet those demands.
“I will do whatever I can to put our great club back on top and, at the same time, deliver the kind of football that our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the goals that I have always followed. fixed and on which I now start to work.
“When you think of Celtic you think of the supporters and my dream is to see our fans at Celtic Park with us again as soon as possible. We all hope things will change for the better and we can see our fans as soon as they are essential for whatever I want to do. We need our supporters by our side and I can’t wait to be back with them in a crowded paradise.
“I have already had excellent discussions 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 are now looking to achieve it.In everything we do, we aim to give our fans a real quality performing team that they are excited about and can be proud of.
“We have already started working on our plans to add to the squad – we aim to bring quality players to Celtic to improve on the existing core of great talent.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the players when they come back from the end of the season and looking forward to starting as Celtic Manager.”