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Celtic reportedly want manager who Brendan Rodgers said was 'outstanding' in 2013

Celtic are reportedly looking to appoint an “outstanding” manager in Ange Postecoglou.

That’s according to former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, who had kind words for the Parkhead-linked coach several years ago.

Celtic were seemingly close to appointing Eddie Howe, only for talks to collapse.

The Hoops have now reportedly turned their attentions to the Yokohama F Marinos coach.

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The 55-year-old previously led Australia to the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil before taking on his current role.

According to the Glasgow Times, he is a respected figure within management circles.

His Yokohama team – which won the J League in 2019 – has earned plaudits for their attractive and innovative playing style.

When Rodgers was at Liverpool, his side took on Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory in a pre-season friendly in 2013.

“Their coach is outstanding,” Rodgers said, as quoted by The Guardian.

“I’ve had a couple of chats with him, and to see his team play, he’s very similar to myself and he believes the game should be played in a certain way.

“You can see the team is very well coached, so we knew it was going to be a tough game for us.”

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Postecoglou may not be well known to fans on these shores, but in wake of speculation linking the two together, it seems like he’s really admired by his peers.

Postecoglou certainly seems to have the experience and the quality to take charge of a Celtic team badly in need of a rebuild.

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