Ange Postecoglou goes the extra mile to bring in Vinicius Souza

Rumour has it that Ange Postecoglou has made personal assurances to Celtic loan target Vinicius Souza of guaranteed game-time with Celtic, as the Celtic manager looks to fend of competition from the player’s representatives first choice destination of the Eredivisie, with both PSV Eindhoven and Ajax now said to be in the mix when it comes to signing the Brazilian defensive midfielder in this transfer window.

PSV is the apparent preferred destination for those planning their client’s next career step, but this is at odds with his current employer, as the City Group’s preference for where Souza plays his football next season has Celtic top of their list, with Champions League football only a minor factor for consideration, and instead a great deal of trust in the Celtic manager and his coaching methods the primary reason for their preference in Souza choosing Scotland and Celtic rather than the Netherlands and PSV.

Mechelen’s Alec Van Hoorenbeeck and Mechelen’s Vinicius Souza looks dejected during a soccer match between KV Mechelen and KAA Gent, Tuesday 10 May 2022 in Mechelen, on day 4 (out of 6) of the ‘Europe’ play-offs of the ‘Jupiler Pro League’ first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS (Photo by DAVID PINTENS / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by DAVID PINTENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The final decision very much lies with the player himself of course, but it’s fair to say the City Group do wield a great deal of influence when it comes to their player’s career prospects, and it appears they feel the player would benefit more from a season under the coaching of Ange Postecoglou than any other destination on offer, this despite the player and his representatives being somewhat reticent on the move based on the standard of domestic competition rather than any reluctance regarding Celtic as a club.

Celtic are said to be very keen on getting this deal done, hence Postecoglou’s willingness to give assurances over game-time, and are more than willing – given the perceived top-level ability of the player – to take Souza to the club for 12 months on a loan deal basis only and with no option to buy attached.

With midfield earmarked as a key position for strengthening at Celtic in this transfer window, but with substantial outlays already made on Cameron Carter-Vickers following his loan spell from Spurs turning into a permanent arrangement, and another £6m plus about to be spent to ensure Jota returns to Celtic as a permanent acquisition following his temporary move from Benfica last season, it appears Celtic are willing to grasp the opportunity to bring in a top quality player that the club may otherwise be unable to afford, even if it only likely to be for a year, and are doing everything they can to persuade Vinicius Souza that Celtic is the ideal place for the Brazilian’s talents to flourish next season.

Ange Postecoglou is going the extra mile on this one so Celtic are far from out of the running, watch this space…

Shaun Riley

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  1. I call bs. Ange would never guarantee any player first team game time. You come in to the team if you want to be here and then you perform. Either you’re just desperate for an article or you’re just thick. I leave that to you to figure out.

  2. Allaboutceltic on

    “Domestic Competition”
    Have you ever watched Dutch football?
    Scotlands football can be poor at times, but can also be edge of your seat stuff. However, Dutch football for decades is just woeful to watch. Have to agree with Magublican also and that I wouldn’t expect Ange to guaranteeing football to any player. He’s always had the mantra that he’ll never try and convince a player to come or to stay. You either have the will to play for Celtic, or you don’t.