Ange Postecoglou: Work ongoing for Celtic summer deals

Ange Postecoglou has revealed that work is currently underway for potential Celtic summer transfer window signings. The Hoops boss has overseen a complete reset and rethink within the club since his arrival, changing the old, stale policy of not trading early in the window to try and hedge your bets with better deals and prices.

No, the former Australia head coach has been setting about writing the wrongs that have happened in the past before he came to Parkhead and sees each window as an opportunity to improve the team by player trading. It’s a move that has been paying dividends for Celtic over the past two years and shows no sign of giving up any time soon.

Ange Postecoglou celebrates with the Celtic support. Photo Kenny Ramsay

The boss warned the fans several times that faces may come and go at a rate and pace that we might not have bore witness to in the past, and that we might also have to wave goodbye to some of our favourites along the way. Ultimately though, the Asian Cup-winning manager has assured us that it will be for the greater good and benefit of the team and club.

Nobody has complained so far, as Postecoglou is proving time and time again that he is a dab hand when it comes to player recruitment. His proactive approach to proceedings saw us bring in Alistair Johnston, Tomoki Iwata, and Hyeongyu Oh this January, replacing both Josip Juranovic and Giorgos Giakoumakis who had made noises about moving elsewhere.

Ange didn’t waste any time at all and it has seemed so far to have improved the team. Johnston came in on his debut match at Ibrox on 2 January and hasn’t looked back since. His performance at right-back has been seamless since World Cup semi-finalist Juranovic joined Union Berlin in the Bundesliga, whilst Hyeongyu Oh has looked raw but with plenty of potential.

The Greek-Aussie maintains that the status quo will remain the same when it comes to player recruitment at Celtic Park and that work is already being done behind the scenes for potential summer moves. As reported by Football Scotland, he said: “We are always trying to improve and as you said the results have been outstanding. As importantly, so have the performances.

“We are really strong and we are getting stronger. That is always our focus. Sometimes the performances are not always there even when the results are but we have kind of married the two this year for the most part which has been great. We want to continue that until the end of the year and be strong. Yes, we are constantly looking at how we can be stronger for next year.

“If you look at every window since I have been here, we have strengthened and we are already doing work to make sure we come out of the next window even stronger than when we enter it. That has got to be our ambition every time we enter this process. Getting them in early has worked well for us. It’s allowed players to come in and settle and contribute straight away and we will continue to do that.”

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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