Ange Postecoglou has been responsible for Yokohama F Marinos for three and a half years
Celtic is in advanced negotiations with former Australian head coach Ange Postecoglou to find a new manager.
The Glasgow club quickly turned to the Greek-born Australian after Eddie Howe, the number one target, turned down the chance to replace Neil Lennon.
The 55-year-old Postecoglou is currently heading the Japanese team Yokohama F Marinos, but could be announced by Celtic as early as next week.
Celtic has had John Kennedy as interim boss for the past three months.
In a statement Friday, the deposed Scottish champions cited “reasons beyond his and Celtic’s control” for the collapse of former Bournemouth manager Howe’s move after talks that began in early April.
The club added that they had spoken to “a number of candidates” and that they would appoint a new manager “shortly”.
Postecoglu managed Brisbane Roar – where he won two titles – and Melbourne Victory in the A-League before taking over the national team in 2013.
His four years included leading Australia at the 2014 World Cup and steering the team to the success of the Asian Cup a year later – the country’s first major trophy.
He left the company after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and was appointed in Yokohama in December 2017. The J League title followed in 2019.
Celtic ended this season without a trophy for the first time since 2010 as they competed for their 10th straight title, finishing 25 points behind Rangers.