Celtic's search for a new manager is underway. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)Celtic's search for a new manager is underway. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Celtic's search for a new manager is underway. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Next Celtic manager: 13 frontunners including Manchester City coach, former Rangers star, ex-Chelsea boss

Celtic's search for a new manager has begun following Ange Postecoglou’s departure to Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the Premier League club’s new permanent head coach.

The Australian revealed the Scottish champions wanted him to extend his stay in Glasgow but the “new opportunity” presented to him was one he wanted to explore after two seasons at Celtic Park. The club confirmed “the process of appointing” his replacement is “already underway” but told fans that while they want to appoint a manager as soon as possible the “priority will be to appoint the best candidate to take the club forward”.

Postecoglou leaves big shoes to fill following a hugely successful two-year spell having taken over from Neil Lennon after the club missed out on ten in a row. The 57-year-old won five trophies, including two Premiership titles and the treble this campaign, during his time, while creating a style of play which excited fans and had huge success in the transfer market.

The new Celtic boss is set to encounter a rejuvenated Rangers who finished seven points behind in the league and lost to their rivals in the League Cup final and Scottish Cup semi-final. Michael Beale has already started his promised summer rebuild, while Postecoglou revealed in the aftermath of the Scottish Cup final win that some of the champions' stars could depart. They will, however, once again start in the Champions League group stage following the Premiership win.

Speculation is well and truly underway as to who replaces Postecoglou with a number of familiar names in mentioned, while former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs noted the club are “in a very strong position now and I think there will be big names from across Europe who would be very interested”.

We look at 13 possible candidates for the job...