It now seems almost certain that Ange Postecoglou will be named as the new Celtic manager. The 55-year-old is set to take charge of his final game in Japan on Wednesday and is then expected to travel to Glasgow via Athens.
Upon arriving in Scotland, Postecoglou will have to endure a spell in quarantine, meaning that John Kennedy will lead the first day of pre-season training on 17 June. Despite being given this responsibility, the long term futures of Kennedy and fellow coach Gavin Strachan remain unknown. Meanwhile, reports in the Australian media suggest that Postecoglou wants to bring former Rangers and Australia defender Kevin Muscat to Celtic Park as his assistant.
Journalist Andy Maher told Aussie outlet SEN: “There is a very good chance, so I’m informed, that Kevin Muscat might be his (Postecoglou’s) second in command. We may wake up to that news on Thursday morning.”
Muscat won the treble with Rangers in 2002/03, when an incredible Celtic team ended the campaign without a trophy, despite reaching the UEFA Cup Final. After his playing career ended, the English born Australian served as Assistant Manager to Ange Postecoglou at Melbourne Victory, before assuming the full managerial role himself in 2013. The pair renewed their working relationship ahead of the Confederations Cup in 2017, when Postecoglou invited Muscat to join his backroom staff with the Australian national team.
If Muscat were to join Celtic, his appointment would likely be met with a mixed response. Yet, regardless of his Rangers background, he could be a useful addition to Postecoglou’s coaching team and would bring experience of success in the Scottish game.
The very fact that Muscat played a part in the biggest scandal ever in Scottish football, the decade long tax scam run by David Murray & Co using the unlawful EBT scheme ( as determined by the Supreme Court in London) makes Muscat’s appointment untenable from the start.
Celtic as a club has always proudly declared itself as being open to all but a line is drawn at EBT cheats who allowed us to pay to watch what was a rigged game. There is no way that this man can get anywhere near a job at Celtic Park.