Celtic Deputy Director candidates as Angel Postecoglou turns to trusted lieutenants for Parkhead’s rebuilding work
The weary expectation of a new manager for Celtic fans draws closer and closer as the club prepare to finally put an end to their boss hunt saga by appointing Ange Postecoglou.
The former Australia boss takes charge of Yokohama F. Marinos for the last time on Wednesday when they face Honda in the Emperor’s Cup.
And the 55-year-old is expected to make it to Glasgow by the weekend where he will have to self-quarantine before going to work.
Postecoglou’s Parkhead board will be bulging as he deals with a major summer rebuild in his first job in European football.
You could say he will need a helping hand with a mountain of work to get by, but who is likely to help Postecoglou?
Speculation was rife down where reports claimed former Rangers defender Kevin Muscat would be named No.2 before club sources poured cold water on it.
Muscat is one of six different assistants Postecoglou has had after being his sidekick during his time at Melbourne Victory.
That number could soon grow to seven if he mixes him up with current goalkeeper John Kennedy again, an option if he’s looking for someone who knows the club.
Here, Sport record takes a look at the six men he has had by his side in a 25-managerial career that has taken him to the World Cup with Australia.
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At just 34, the former right-back is Postecoglou’s current right-hand man in Japan and is said to be the favorite to stay with him. He tried out in Europe but failed and his career led him to Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets and Oakleigh Cannons. He struggled with injuries and became a coach early on with assistant roles in India before landing his current role in the J-League.
Born in Sydney, former patron of the Australian women’s national team, the 47-year-old assisted Postecoglou during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Has had stints in Holland and Croatia as a player and the former striker has been selected six times for his country. Currently boss of A-League team Macarthur FC.
The most well-known Celtic fan of all of Postecoglou’s former assistants, but for the wrong reasons – he played for his Rangers rivals. The defender won a hat-trick in one season at Ibrox, but sources from Hoops insist he won’t be the man to join him.
Born in the Balkans and 59 years old, she is the current patron of Melbourne City in the Australian Women’s League. Spent many years in Brisbane Roar where he was Postecoglou assistant.
The 42-year-old also currently manages in Japan where he is in charge of Montedio Yamagata and was assistant to Postecoglou in his only adventure in Europe – a brief stint in his native Greece in the third division with Panachaiki.
Number two at Postecoglou when he started in management in 1996 at South Melbourne where Halford had been a player for six seasons.
Postecoglou could go for someone he knows, but if he is looking for a compatriot who knows the club, here are two options.
The former Hoops forward does all of his advanced coaching badges and although he still plays for the West Sydney Wanderers, the 37-year-old would be an option. Caped 26 times for his country, but it all happened before the waiting Celtic boss took over.
The controversial former leader was a real enigma and shocked the football world when he disappeared in Australia just four days after signing for Celtic from Dinamo Zagreb.
He now leads a quiet life running a cafe in Croatia, but he got his coach badges in the UK and expressed his frustration that a call never came from the Socceroos so he might be tempted.