IT was inevitable Ange Postecoglou would crop out when names were being bandied about for the vacant Chelsea manager’s position.

Reports from across the border inform us the Celtic boss is on the short list for the Stamford Bridge job which is up for grabs after the sacking of Graham Potter earlier this month.

Former gaffer Frank Lampard has been put in interim charge as the lavish-spending London club search for a permanent replacement for the previous occupant who lasted a mere seven months in the position.

PARADISE…Ange Postecoglou applauds the Celtic fans after the 3-2 derby triumph earlier this month.

Now a tale in The Guardian states Postecoglou has emerged as an “outside contender” for the role although one-time Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino is also said to be favourite.

Why did it take so long for the 57-year-old Greek-Australian to get a mention? Scribes in England have been slow in this one.

Postecoglou has already been mentioned for jobs at Everton, Wolves, Southampton, Brighton and Leeds United this season.

Thankfully, the manager, in his second season at Parkhead, has not veered from his ambition of making Celtic the best in the land while trying to ensure they are equipped for a stronger and more determined bid in the Champions League in the new campaign.

Reacting to the report, skipper Callum McGregor, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “He’s been fantastic, he’s had a really good tenure and we want to keep him.

POSTECOGLOU PLAUDITS…the Celtic boss congratulates Callum McGregor and his team-mates after the 2-1 League Cup Final win over their Ibrox rivals in February.

“His work is outstanding and he’s a really good person. That’s the type of people you want to work with and we would be delighted to keep as long as we can.

“His work speaks for itself, the style that he plays, the attacking and the amount of goals that we score.

“That’s going to get people talking, but I think his full focus is going to be on the job at hand here and as long as we can keep him we will be delighted.”

And so say all of us.


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