Celtic have requested a waiver from UEFA for Ange Postecoglou to get the green light to manage in Europe.
Yokohama boss F. Marinos does not have the required Pro UEFA license, but a “competence recognition procedure” may be requested.
It is understood that Celtic are confident that Postecoglou’s 25 years of management, at club and international level, including Australia from 2013 to 2017, will allow him to qualify for an exemption.
But officially announcing her as their new boss could be delayed, as the process can take several weeks.
A UEFA spokesperson said: “Mr Postecoglou does not currently hold the UEFA Pro license.
“A procedure for recognition of jurisdiction has been initiated. The process could take several weeks. We have no further information to provide at this stage.”
Personal terms between Celtic and Postecoglou are reportedly progressing well and the club are in negotiations with Yokohama over compensation.
“Angel likes to play football the right way”
Former Rangers defender Craig Moore, who worked as an advisor for Postecoglou in the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup, backed Postecoglou to recruit the right players at Celtic after questioning the status of the manager as “unknown”.
“People think he’s a bit of a stranger, I think it’s a bit ignorant to be honest, because if you do a little research you will see that he succeeded wherever he is,” he said. Moore added.
“He’s won trophies, and certainly in terms of recruiting and being able to attract the right player to Celtic, Ange definitely has those networks.”
Moore listed Premier League quartet Jurgen Klopp, Marcelo Bielsa, Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola as managers who compare themselves to Postecoglou in terms of style.
“Ange Postecoglou is a very proactive coach in terms of the style and brand of football he enjoys playing. Likes like Klopp, Bielsa, Tuchel, even Guardiola,” Moore said.
“He really likes his teams to play football the right way. His teams have to have a lot of energy, work extremely hard for that style to be effective. He is always looking to play from behind.
“He’s a very ambitious coach. Sometimes coming from Australia it can work a bit against you, but Ange has a real will to do extremely well. He seems to be getting the most out of the players. It could be very exciting and a wonderful opportunity for Ange if it is announced. “