Former Rangers player could soon be announced as Celtic assistant manager - Journalist
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Former Rangers player could soon be announced as Celtic assistant manager - Journalist

Ange Postecoglou could be announced as Celtic manager as early as Thursday, with former Rangers player Kevin Muscat potentially returning to Glasgow as his assistant, according to SEN’s Andy Maher [SEN.com].

Over 100 days after Neil Lennon left his position as manager, Celtic finally appear to have found his replacement.

Ange Postecoglou is reportedly soon set to leave Yokohama F Marinos for Celtic. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

The very public nature of the collapse of their bid to bring Eddie Howe to Parkhead ensures that everyone knows Postecoglou wasn’t their first choice.

There are still a few issues to deal with, too, such as quarantine periods and a ‘recognition of competence’ procedure being carried out by UEFA due to the former Australia manager’s lack of a Pro Licence.

However, according to Maher, confirmation of sorts regarding Postecoglou may arrive by the end of the week, with former Gers defender Muscat likely to sign up as his assistant.

“I have it on very good authority that Ange Postecoglou will coach his team (Yokohama F. Marinos) on Wednesday night in the Emperor’s Cup against Honda and that will be the last time that he coaches in Japan,” he said [SEN.com].

“I am told reliably that he will be on a plane that night via Athens heading to Glasgow and will be announced as the Celtic coach thereafter upon arrival. That is what I’m being reliably informed.

“Further to that, there is a very good chance, so I’m informed, that Kevin Muscat might be his 2IC (second-in-command). We may wake up to that news on Thursday morning.”

Former Rangers player Kevin Muscat could reportedly become Celtic assistant manager. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Muscat joined the Gers on a free transfer from Wolves for the 2002/03 season and won the treble before returning to England to sign for Millwall.

He and Postecoglou go way back, with the two spending time together at South Melbourne as players before they teamed up as coaches at Melbourne Victory during the 2012/13 season.

Muscat managed Victory from Postecoglou’s departure in 2013 to 2019 before a brief stint in charge of Belgian club Sint-Truiden in 2020.

So far, the reaction to the reports on social media has been mixed.

The majority of Rangers fans have found the idea highly amusing, while Celtic fans are split, with some fuming at the idea and others keen for Postecoglou to be allowed to bring in whoever he thinks fits the bill.

In other news, a former Rangers player has reportedly turned down a coaching role at Real Madrid.

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