It would take a brave man to say that Celtic’s managerial chase was finally reaching a conclusion.
It has now been over three months since Neil Lennon resigned from his position with the Hoops with an arduous saga taking place since.
The Bhoys missed out on Eddie Howe but now have another man in their crosshairs.
What’s the word?
After their ploy to lure Howe to Celtic Park fell through, Ange Postecoglou has been the primary target for Celtic.
They’ve reportedly been tracking him for months and now view the Australian as the man to finally replace Lennon.
A compensation fee has been agreed with his current club Yokohama Marinos but a hugely promising update emerged late on Saturday night.
According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic have now agreed personal terms with the 55-year-old over a move to Parkhead.
The outlet goes onto claim that barring any other hitches, a move will be concluded in the next 72 hours.
Exciting times for Celtic
If you told supporters when Lennon quit that on the eve of the transfer window they’d still be searching for a new manager, they’d have looked at you in disgust.
Unfortunately, that’s the reality of the situation for the despairing Celtic fan base.
They have been left disgruntled this season and embarked on mass protests at Paradise against the club’s ownership.
You can hardly blame the anger when you consider a trophyless campaign and an abject summer on the recruitment front 12 months ago.
Therefore, the news that Celtic are well and truly finally on the verge of announcing a new manager should come as great comfort.
It might not be their first target in Howe but Postecoglou is still a fabulous choice for the hot seat.
First and foremost, he has more experience than Howe. He’s taken charge of Australia and began his managerial career back in 1996; 24 years ago.
Since then, he’s acquired expertise throughout Asia and had one spell in Greece, the country of his birth.
Postecoglou also ensures his team plays a vibrant style of football, something that will no doubt suit the Hoops hierarchy.
Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola have both complimented the way he gets his players to move the ball while his relentlessly high press can cause nightmares.
His Yokohama Marinos team have also enjoyed the highest percentage of possession of any team in the Japanese top-flight this season. That serves as a further plus point in their bid to lure him to Celtic.
Supporters should be excited that not only is this long-running saga set to end, but it’s coming to a climax with a manager who ticks plenty of boxes from a stylistic point of view.