ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 06: Coach of Australia, Ange Postecoglou looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between UAE and Australia at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on September 6, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Former Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has been linked to the vacant managerial role at Scottish giants Celtic.

Scottish newspaper The Scotsman reports Postecoglou is leading the race to become Celtic’s new manager after former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe pulled out of the running because disagreements over his backroom staff.

In a statement last night, Celtic confirmed Howe turned down the role and the club plans to make a decision on their new manager shortly.

“Following very positive and detailed discussions with Eddie Howe, with the belief that he would be an excellent candidate for the position of Celtic manager, we allowed time for the process, given he’d previously made it clear he was not looking to return to management until this summer at the earliest,” the statement read.

“As part of the ongoing process we have engaged with a number of candidates. We fully appreciate our fans will be seeking clarity on this matter and we aim, very shortly, to announce the appointment of a Manager with the quality and desire to take Celtic forward and bring further success to our supporters.”

The breakdown could benefit Postecoglou, whose reputation across the continent has risen since his move to J-League club Yokohama F Marinos.

The 55-year-old won the J-League title in 2019 to go along with his Asian Cup triumph with the Socceroos in 2015 and A-League titles with Brisbane Roar in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

It would be a well-deserved move for Postecoglou who has built his career around playing attractive football and giving youth a chance, however, the reports have not gone down well with Celtic fans who are not pleased that their club is linked to a little known Australian.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, current Scotland manager Steve Clarke and former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre are all linked to the vacant role and would be better received by the Celtic faithful.

Celtic are one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs and their rivalry with Rangers is the stuff of folklore.

The Bhoys were the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 and are only behind Rangers (115) as the most successful team in world football with 110 titles.

This year, Celtic played second fiddle to their archrivals who ended the Bhoys’ nine-season reign as Scottish champions by clinching the title with an undefeated season.

If Postecoglou secures the position he will link up with Socceroo Tom Rogic.

The Bhoys have an allegiance to Australian’s with Mark Viduka, Scott McDonald, and Rogic all writing their name in Celtic’s record books.