Ange Postecoglou set to raid Celtic for highly rated midfielder

A report this morning in Daily Record claims that Ange Postecoglou is set to battle with Manchester United for the signature of a top Celtic talent. The former Celtic manager, who left the club just under a year ago, is looking to take his Tottenham rebuild a stage further and may now use his knowledge of the quality within the Celtic squad to his advantage.

Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-Min (R) and manager Ange Postecoglou attend a press conference in Perth on July 17, 2023 ahead of the pre-season friendly football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. (Photo by TREVOR COLLENS/AFP via Getty Images)

And that could mean an imminent move for Daniel Kelly who has yet to agree on a contract extension with Celtic with his current contract running out at the end of the year.

Celtic have been in negotiations with the agents for Kelly and also Rocco Vata but no agreement has been reached. Vata’s contract expires at the end of this month.

Daniel Kelly of Celtic speaks with Brendan Rodgers,  Celtic v Dundee, Cinch Scottish Premiership, Football, Celtic Park,  – 28 February 2024. Photo Mark Runnacles/Shutterstock

Both players were given game-time by Brendan Rodgers in the second half of the season with both notching their first goals for the club at senior level. In the first half of the season the B Team players were pretty much excluded from first team squads due to the large number of summer project signings that had to be evaluated and given their opportunity.

Kelly is free to speak to potential suitors from 1st July and while Ange Postecolgou would fancy his chances of securing a deal with the highly rated midfielder, there’s plenty of other options open to Kelly including new interest from Manchester United and plenty of interest from the continent including from German Champions Bayer Leverkusen and also from Italian sides Bologna and newly promoted Como.

28th February 2024 Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland Scottish Premiership Football, Celtic versus Dundee Daniel Kelly of Celtic shoots and scores for 7-0 in the 63rd minute. Photo ActionPlus David Young

Celtic have reportedly made a final offer to both Daniel Kelly and Rocco Vata but no update on how that went has been reported. In this instance no news is hardly likely to be good news and this has the hallmarks of another Ben Doak situation.

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  1. Would make you wonder about who are actually advising our potentially very talented youngsters?
    I fail to see how any other club outside of ourselves, can actually offer a better career opportunity than ourselves, especially with what we have to offer them within there career opportunity?
    Isn’t Matt Oreily possibly one of the best examples on show, for what can be achieved, when you put the career opportunity ahead of the money on offer?
    Ben doak and that other young player who left the sheep and both ended up at Liverpool, yet are both becoming forgotten players with a higher bank balance?
    Quite simply, if any player can succeed at our club with the demands involved, it opens up a whole new world of footballing opportunities available to them, and one as an established player?
    Currently the likes of Kelly and vata remain as projects as we still have no idea in which direction there career could be heading?
    As both are nowhere near the established mark, but a better and faster opportunity awaits both for next season?
    We introduced many players into our club last season, who just aren’t ever going to make it to established status within the club, while still a number are still trying to prove themselves to hold onto squad inclusion for next season?
    Believe both Kelly and vata have already jumped ahead of many of our younger available players with the club actually wanting them both to be part of squad inclusion for next season imo?
    There will be game opportunities available to them, to show there worth in staying within squad inclusion, and even the opportunity to establish themselves as potential starting players also?
    What other club can potentially offer the same, and that includes CL level matches?
    We seen last season how Mikey Johnston has shown that he currently is a decent English championship player, and Turnbull hasn’t produced much either at that level by the looks of things currently, yet we as a club are upon a much higher stage than English championship level, we can leave the scum to remain there.
    Our club potentially offers one of the best opportunities available to younger players within the game on the European stage within the game, and as to why we can attract such players with potential, far easier than most clubs can imo?
    Yet we still have to contend with younger players and there representatives who put money before the career opportunity?
    Maybe some of them would be better off getting some advice from Joe Hart about what a career opportunity means with ourselves ahead of a money incentive, and actually put on a cost of what that career opportunity was actually worth to themselves?

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