Celtic have appointed Ange Postecoglou as club manager on a rolling 12-month contract.
The Greek-born Australian stepped down as boss of Yokohama F. Marinos after three years to join the Scottish giants, who parted ways with Neil Lennon in February.
The 55-year-old will be tasked with returning Celtic to Scottish Premiership glory after their decade of dominance by Rangers ended last season.
Speaking after his confirmation as the new boss of the Bhoys, Postecoglou said on Celtic’s website: “The opportunity that has been given to me is one of football’s greatest honors and the responsibility of leading our wonderful football club looking to the future is one that I will cherish dearly.
“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 history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul. I know Celtic is a real way of life for so many people and I know the demands that come with this position – 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 strived for. fixed and on which I am now starting 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 that things will change for the better and we can see our fans soon as they are essential to 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 of directors on 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 can’t wait to meet the players when they come back from the end of the season and can’t wait to start as Celtic Manager.”
The coronavirus rules mean the 55-year-old will self-isolate once he lands in Scotland from Japan on Thursday, which is on the UK government’s orange travel list.
This means Postecoglou will likely not be at the Lennoxtown club’s training base on June 17 when the first team report for the start of their pre-season preparations.
Celtic are also awaiting a response from UEFA after requesting a waiver of rules requiring bosses to have a Pro license – which Postecoglou does not have – if they wish to manage in European competition.
After Lennon resigned on February 23, Celtic spent weeks chasing number one target Eddie Howe.
But when their move for the former Bournemouth boss broke down they were forced to turn their attention to Postecoglou.
The former Australia boss won league titles in his homeland and Japan, while he also coached the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup before stepping down a few weeks before the 2018 final in Russia.