Celtic have applied for an exemption from UEFA as their new proposed boss, Ange Postecoglou, does not currently hold a UEFA Pro License.
UEFA Pro Licenses are required for any manager who is managing in any of Europe's top leagues, and they are mandatory for the Champions League and Europa League.
And despite managing for 25 years, Postecoglou does not hold the license, having not managed in Europe during his long career.
Holding a UEFA Pro License demonstrates a managers ability to work at the highest level, however, Steven Gerrard did not hold one when he arrived at Rangers, and Celtic will be hoping for a similar exemption.
“Mr Postecoglou does not currently hold the UEFA Pro Licence." A UEFA spokesman said.
“A recognition of competence procedure has been initiated. The process could take several weeks.
"We don’t have any further information to provide at this stage."
The extended period on the license gives Celtic more time to work on personal teams with Postecoglou, and towards a compensation fee with Yokohama F. Marinos – where the Greek currently manages.
There is a possibility for Postecoglou to work towards his coaching badges – an 18-month process – whilst at Celtic Park, like Gerrard did at Ibrox.
However, should UEFA not give Celtic an exemption – The Daily Record are reporting that Jose Mourinho's former assistant Rui Faria could be a backup option.
The 45-year-old is currently a free agent, and he is keen on the move, however, Postecoglou remains in pole position for the vacant position.
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