Ange Postecoglou has said that Celtic will be active in the transfer market, despite the league campaign kicking off on Sunday. The Celtic manager has had a full pre-season, away from the stresses of European Qualifiers, to continue building on last season’s achievements and he will be eager to hit the ground running when Aberdeen rock up for Flag Day.
Speaking at today’s media conference, Postecoglou said that he was delighted with the work that had been done already but said that there could still be more to be done.
“We’re happy with the ones we’ve brought in,” said the manager. “There were some areas I felt we needed strengthening from a squad perspective: goalkeeper, left-back, centre-back and midfield were definitely areas that I wanted to make us a bit stronger and more robust and it’s great we’ve done that.
“Re-signing Jota and Cameron on permanent deals was also an important part of what we are trying to build. I’m pleased with where we’re at but there’s still four weeks of the window open and we’ll still be active and agile to see where we can strengthen.
“There will be some outgoings and some opportunities potentially to bring others in but there’s nothing set in stone with that. Where we sit right now, we’ve done the crucial bits I thought we needed to do and, if there are some areas we can still improve on in the next couple of weeks, we will.”
Celtic have already retained Jota, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Daizen Maeda on permanent deals whilst adding Benjamin Siegrist, Alexander Bernabei, Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz. The manager will be happy that he has had a full pre-season with a settled squad.
With the challenges of Champions League Group Stage football, as well as retaining the League Cup and performing in the League, a large squad with depth and quality. The manager was not solely discussing players coming into the team but also opportunities for players to leave, should offers come in. Mikey Johnston has been linked with a loan deal with Standard Liege said to be interested whilst Albian Ajeti is said to be available should an offer come in.