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Japanese Report: Ange Postecoglou expected to make double Celtic swoop

I suppose it was just a matter of time before these links became apparent. Everybody knows that Ange Postecoglou has a soft spot for Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate.

The Australian made both players transfer priorities when he became the manager of Celtic. Although Kyogo was signed almost straight away, Ange had to wait for Hatate.

And what signings they have been for Celtic. So good in fact, that Ange is now looking to take them to Tottenham with him. That’s according to reports in Japan.

The report from Sponichi said, “According to several sources, Tottenham, a Premier League powerhouse, has expressed interest in defender Ito and midfielder Hatate.

“Tottenham may bring in Furuhashi and other Japanese players who know their abilities well, the most likely candidate is said to be Ito, who has been developing in Germany.”

Now, the thing with Japanese journalists is that they don’t deal in the sort of sensationalised nonsense ours do.

They rarely get involved in hearsay and only go to print with stories that they think have legs in them.

Whether both would want to leave Celtic is another matter. Kyogo and Hatate have both said that they are happy at the club and have no reason to leave.

But would the temptation to join Ange (as well as quadrupling their wages) be enough to make them think twice?

Let’s hope not but just in case they do, Ange better make sure Daniel Levy’s debit card has an overdraft facility because they will cost him a very pretty penny.

Hugh Keevins reveals how many times Ange was interviewed by Spurs; Celtic fans will be raging

Look, I know I should let this go. I know I should move on and try to forget about Ange Postecoglou now that he is the Spurs manager, but after all the former Celtic manager told us prior to him joining the London club, when things like this come out, it angers me.

It angers me because when Ange spoke, the Celtic support listened. And we believed him. We trusted that everything he was telling us about the Spurs speculation prior to the Cup final was gospel.

‘My agents wouldn’t dare ask me’ he said about the links to Spurs prior to the biggest game of the season. And you know why the agents didn’t ask him? Because Ange already knew what was going on.

That’s according to Hugh Keevins. The journalist revealed just how many times Ange was allegedly interviewed by the EPL before he took the job.

Keevins said [Clyde 1Superscoreboard], “Anyone who thinks that that the business [with Spurs] began after half past seven Saturday night, lives in cloud Cuckooland.

“There are suggestions that Ange Postecoglou was interviewed twice by Tottenham. TWICE before he took the job. So good luck to him.

“He was a fantastic manager for Celtic. He grabbed Scottish Football by the neck and he didn’t let it go. After six games. three wins, three losses, he got Scottish football and thereafter he was unstoppable. So Ange Postecoglou will forever be a part of Celtics history.

“You know, he knew plenty about Spurs and what was happening before the cup final was played. But it’s not the Celtic board’s job to come out before the cup final and say, ‘Incidentally, the manager will be leaving’.

“If that had happened they would have been accused of sabotaging the club before the cup final.”

This is a major slap in the face for the Hoops support. I wrote about just how hollow Ange’s tribute to the Celtic support seemed now after he left Celtic 48 hours after creating history.

This reveal doesn’t make it hollow now, it renders it redundant. And after his speech to the Spurs fans yesterday, it seems like the Australian has the same lines drawn up to whichever club suits the situation.

The clause that prevents Ange Postecoglou from raiding Celtic – Pete O’Rourke

With Ange Postecoglou joining Spurs this summer, the Celtic fans will be watching and0 waiting to see if he comes calling for any of our players and backroom team.

Whilst the rumours have just begun about the new Spurs boss looking at Kyogo, there is an understanding that Postecoglou wants to take some of the Celtic backroom team with him to London.

But it seems Celtic have played it smart. Apparently the club put a clause in the deal with Spurs that Ange cannot poach any of our coaching team according to journalist, Pete O’Rourke.

Writing in Football Insider, O’Rourke says, “Celtic are blocking assistant manager John Kennedy from joining Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham.

“A clause in Postecoglou’s Hoops contract stopped him from taking members of the club’s staff with him to his next club.

“It is believed that Celtic are exploiting that clause as they look to stop an exodus of their coaches to north London.

“Postecoglou also wants coach Gavin Strachan and analyst Greg Wallace to join him in north London when he officially takes charge on July 1.”

So it seems as though Ange may not get his way. But still, if reports are to be believed that Kennedy and Co want to join Postecoglou in London, I say let them.

There is no point in keeping anyone that doesn’t want to be at Celtic Park. Especially when a new manager is due to come in soon.

Let them go, let the new manager come in and bring his own people. That way we all get to move on and there are no agitators in the background whilst a new regime tries to take the club forward.

Daniel Levy explains to key Spurs supporters group why he signed Ange Postecoglou from Celtic

Daniel Levy has finally explained why he decided to pursue former Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou.

The Spurs owner was fielding a meeting with members of Tottenham’s major supporters groups, Fan Advisory Board (FAB) where he explained the appointment.

Levy said,“We made a conscious decision that we wanted a coach who would understand what we really wanted as a Club, which was to play attacking football, to enable everyone to enjoy coming to a match and be entertained, and also someone who understood the importance of the Academy.” [Tottenham FC]

Well, he will definitely get attacking football and entertained fans but graduates from the academy? Maybe not so much.

Although Postecoglou did eventually allow some of the Celtic B team to get some minutes in the senior squad, many will say they were not enough.

Whether it was down to Ange thinking they were not good enough or whether it was because he saw the pressure was on to win the treble and he couldn’t risk playing them remains to be seen.

As we still await the future of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan to be announced, today’s two communications from Spurs means that we may not have to wait too long for confirmation that they are joining Ange in the EPL.