Frank McAvennie is concerned about how Ange Postecoglou will react to moving from Japan as he moves closer to becoming the new Celtic manager.
The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Arsene Wenger is the only manager to succeed after making a similar journey.
On Wednesday, Football Insider revealed Celtic and Postecoglou are finalising compensation with Yokohama F. Marinos and a source has said the final figure will be a six-figure sum.
Once this is agreed, the 55-year-old will be free to become the Hoops’ new manager.
This site revealed on Saturday (29 May) that Postecoglou asked permission to quit the Japanese club after Celtic had presented him with an offer.
In 1996, Wenger left Japanese side Nagoya Grampus to take the Arsenal job and enjoyed a successful spell in north London.
McAvennie claims Wenger is the only manager to succeed after moving between clubs on opposite sides of the planet.
“That’s one hell of a change,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“The only person I can remember doing it successfully is Wenger but he is one of the greats.
“That’s my fear. It’s such a big change and if he’s that good, why is he only coming now?
” As fans, we have concerns. It’s a huge change to come from Asia to Europe. We just need something to hang on to at the moment.
“Maybe not to the same extent but honestly, where is the club going now?
“Even if this guy is announced, we know he’s the second choice.
“Everyone knows that and it will always be there. I want him to do well but he will always be compared to Eddie Howe and what he might do next.”