Celtic-linked Postecoglou once failed to win manager job at Rangers

Earlier on Friday, Rangers fans were treated to the news that the Celtic Circus has continued with Eddie Howe rejecting the manager’s vacancy at Parkhead.

We bet you didn’t think it could get any better though, did you?

Firstly, Celtic’s statement on Howe is a barrel of laughs as they claim the reason they were rejected by the ex-Bournemouth manager was “outwith both his and Celtic’s control”.

Scottish Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan has since reported that the Bhoys are in advanced talks to hire a different manager instead.

In tandem with that update, Ange Postecoglou has become strongly linked with the job.

According to several newspapers, the former Australia manager has been installed as favourite to succeed Neil Lennon at Celtic Park.

Postecoglou, 55, is hardly a household name in British or even European football.

For those who don’t know, he’s currently the manager of Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos and has been since 2018.

Before that, the Greek-born manager was in charge of Australia, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.

But we recognised Postecoglou’s name from somewhere else, which promoted us to do some digging.

And then we found this.

In November 2017, ESPN reported that Postecoglou was interested in taking charge of Rangers after Pedro Caixinha left Ibrox.

However he failed to get the job in Glasgow in the end as Dave King wanted to hire a manager with a manager who had experience of British football.

Of course, we ended up with Graeme Murty for the rest of the season before Steven Gerrard arrived but that says it all about what the Gers thought of Postecoglou’s interest.

Anyway, the new favourite to take charge at Celtic is someone who was in fact snubbed by Rangers four years ago when we were struggling to finish third in the Premiership and losing to Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League.

It’s hard to write all this without cracking up.

Just when you think Celtic have hit a new low, they manage to sink to a new depth.

There’s surely no way they’re going to dig themselves out of this if they hire Postecoglou.

In other Rangers news, Gers fans are outraged by this striker transfer story.