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Postecoglo­u on brink of Spurs switch as Celtic boss’ Scottish odyssey draws to a close Tottenham set to announce capture of Greek-Australian on two-year deal


CELTIC boss Ange Postecoglo­u has agreed to become Tottenham’s new manager on a twoyear contract, it is understood.

The 57-year-old told Celtic principal shareholde­r Dermot Desmond on Saturday night of his decision to leave the Glasgow club and has now agreed a deal in principle with Spurs, with the option to extend.

Former Australia head coach Postecoglo­u admitted on Saturday, after Celtic’s Scottish Cup final win over Inverness had secured them the domestic treble, that his celebratio­ns would soon be disrupted.

Neither club have commented but an announceme­nt is expected to be made when the finer details of the contract have been finalised.

Tottenham have been searching for a permanent new manager since sacking Antonio Conte in March, with first Cristian Stellini and then Ryan Mason placed in temporary charge.

When repeatedly pressed on his future after Celtic’s 3-1 Hampden win over Inverness on Saturday, Postecoglo­u said: “I anticipate enjoying this moment for the next 24-48 hours, as long as I can, before someone drags me away and takes my attention away from enjoying something that’s been hard-earned.

“The reality is, there’s probably players in that dressing room who won’t be here next year. That’s the nature of football.

“But I want them to enjoy it,

I am going to enjoy it, and that’s all I am going to focus on until someone grabs me by the collar and tells me that I have to answer certain questions.”

He has won five domestic trophies out of a possible six after arriving from Yokohama F. Marinos in 2021 and was linked with numerous Premier League clubs throughout this season.

Postecoglo­u became a hero with the Celtic support, not just for resuming their success after a barren season, but also for implementi­ng an attacking style of play and his connection with the fans.

Assistant manager John Kennedy is also high up the list to succeed Postecoglo­u at Celtic Park but the GreekAustr­alian reportedly hopes to take the former defender with him to Tottenham.

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