Yesterday was the first day of the summer transfer window and it’s safe to say that Celtic didn’t disappoint. Throughout the years those at the top of the club have received stick – which was duly deserved – for not being proactive in the transfer market and playing Russian roulette with our European fate. I for one have always been extremely sceptical over the way they have conducted business since I was young.
However, if we are to hit them over the head with a stick for times in which they have been poor, it is only right and just to praise them when they get it spot on. Yesterday saw the club release a new away kit which had most fans purring with delight. Yet somewhere inside there was still a feeling of quiet deflation as there was still no sign of loanees Cameron Carter-Vickers or Jota modelling the new kit or being revealed as a full-time member of Ange’s squad.
Alas, the day drew on and we were all thinking that it wasn’t to be. Until it was…
✍🇺🇸 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿-𝗩𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘀!
We are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year contract. #CCV2026
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 10, 2022
Around 6.30pm last night this bombshell hit and it sent the Celtic Twittersphere into pandemonium. The club didn’t disappoint for the first time in a long while in regards to the timing and execution of their delivery in announcing dramatic news regarding the first team playing staff.
Some of the reaction:
✅ Ange’s 1st anniversary
✅ New Away Kit revealed
✅ CCV announced
— Kevin McQuillan (@kevinjmcquillan) June 10, 2022
1st day of the transfer window, hard to do it quicker than that 🤪🍀
— Slimshady (@Slimshady1961) June 10, 2022
Wonderful news well done we have a rock at the back HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) June 10, 2022
Great signing, but a 4 YEAR contract, and done & dusted mid June, is a hugely significant sign on behalf of the board. I also think it means Jota is signing too, otherwise I think they’d have announced in reverse order. 😉🍀
— Phil Fairlie (@FairliePhil) June 10, 2022
The significance of this is telling; with a £6 million splurge instantly and another £4 million in add-ons for the USA international, it’s pedal to the floor for the Hoops it seems as they look to expunge old demons in the transfer window perhaps. With the fans hanging on their every word for the past week or so via announcements, this has certainly brought a considerable amount of confidence going forward.
Not content with leaving it at that, then the news broke of yet another Celtic signing – but this time it was a backroom team addition. It was the announcement that Australia legend Harry Kewell will shortly be joining up with Ange Postecoglou at Celtic Park in a late night Sky Sports report, which you can read all about on The Celtic Star.
🚨BREAKING: Former Australia star Harry Kewell is set to join Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou's backroom team 👇
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) June 10, 2022
Content with working with the group that were here when he arrived, Ange was met with some concern from the supporters when he decided not to freshen up his staff. The 2020-21 season was enough for a lot of people who felt the backroom team under Neil Lennon were guilty – if not by actions, then by association. But credit to Ange, he wanted to keep the knowledge of previous incumbents in and around him to bounce ideas off of. It’s to his eternal credit its worked out so well.
He has however, decided that he wants to add another to his supporting cast and one that will be viewed very much as ‘his own man’. Harry will undoubtedly bring something to this club and squad of players as they chase domestic success and European glory in the 2022-23 footballing season.
I for one can’t wait to see how everything looks come kick-off time on flag day!
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