Pundit: It would be 'big surprise' if Celtic appoint Postecoglou amid 'crazy' Uefa development

It would be a “big surprise” if Ange Postecoglou was hired as Celtic boss if he does not have the required coaching badges. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed the latest in Celtic’s pursuit of the 55-year-old boss on 3 June.

The Hoops are free to appoint the 55-year-old after agreeing a compensation package with his current club Yokohama F. Marinos. 

But quoted in the Scottish Sun on 2 June, a Uefa spokesperson claimed that Postecoglou does not hold the crucial Uefa Pro Licence.

The same spokesman said that a “recognition of competence procedure” has been initiated in lieu of the licence, though this could apparently take several weeks.

Phillips highlighted the “crazy” reports and admitted that he was shocked by the Greece-born manager’s lack of credentials.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “They must have tracked him. You don’t just pick out someone from Greece or Australia without doing your homework.

“His experience is there but I don’t think he has even got his Uefa Pro Licence, which surprises me because I didn’t think you could work in Europe without one.

“So it’s a big surprise for me if they appoint him. I think it’s crazy, to be honest. I’d have loved to see Eddie Howe there but obviously, that’s broken down.

“It’s surprising, but who knows? He’s got experience. One thing’s for sure, they’ll win a lot of football matches next year.”

Postecoglou has spent the bulk of his career in Australia, managing several A-League sides and the national team.

His only experience in Europe was with third-tier Greek side Panachaiki.

In other news, Leigh Griffiths told to quit Celtic after transfer update.