ANGE POSTECOGLOU has been dragged into the Manchester City financial mess.

It’s an absurd situation which has also seen in-form Australian World Cup midfielder Aaron Mooy named as an unwilling participant in the raft of financial allegations aimed at the English giants.

Postecoglou, who handed over media duties yesterday to assistant John Kennedy ahead of tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth round tie against St Mirren, has been caught up in a whirlwind of speculation off the pitch throughout the week.

YOU’RE IN MY HEART…Ange Postecoglou acknowledges the Celtic support after the 4-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth last weekend.

The Celtic gaffer’s name was pitched into the mix as soon as Leeds United fired Jesse Marsch on Monday before the American had even spent a full year in the Elland Road dug-out.

It was hardly unexpected news for the 57-year-old Greek-Australian who has also been linked with Wolves, Everton, Brighton and Southampton this season.

Thankfully, the innuendo emanating from across the border has not derailed Postecoglou in his dogged and determined approach in bringing sustained success to the Parkhead club.

The former Australia international manager has now been sucked into the Manchester City finances drama due to his time coaching Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos in 2018 and 2021, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The J-League club are owned by the City Football Group, who in total run 11 clubs across the world.

ON TARGET AND ON FORM…Aaron Mooy lobs in Celtic’s third goal in the 4-1 win over St Johnstone.

Mooy, 32, is also in the spotlight following his transfer from A-League club Melbourne City to the Etihad outfit on July 1 in 2016.

The English side then immediately sold the midfield ace to Huddersfield Town for a reported 17million dollars.

Both City clubs are owned by the powerful City Football Group.

So far, CFG have refused to answer any questions about the developing sensational tale.

It comes as the Premier League this week charged Pep Guardiola’s club with 115 breaches of the financial fair play rules for alleged financial misconduct between 2009 and 2018.

WIZARDS OF OZ…Ange Postecoglou and Aaron Mooy during their days with the Australia international side.

Points deductions, stripped Premier League titles and even relegation to the Championship are all possible punishments if City are found guilty of falsifying their books.

It’s preposterous for Postecoglou to play even a peripheral part in this possible economic chaos.

We can all be grateful the mind-set of a committed individual has not been confused by repeated noises outside Celtic Park.

It’s time to let the manager do what he does best…manage.

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