Report: The further steps Ange Postecoglou and Celtic are taking to improve academy set-up

By Lewis Laird

June 20, 2022

Over the past 12 months, there have been a lot of changes around Celtic Football Club.

The arrival of Ange Postecoglou last summer sparked a significant rebuild of the playing staff, with the Hoops aiming to get back to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Of course, the Celtic manager made sure of that, delivering a league and cup double during his first campaign in charge.

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With the desperate need for a new squad this time last year, the majority of the work done by Postecoglou and his staff was mainly focused on recruitment.

So, with this summer being more relaxed in terms of the planning for recruitment during the transfer window, it has allowed the 56-year-old to focus on other areas of improvement at the club.

Late last week, the club announced the appointment of new first-team coach Harry Kewell and has actively been on the hunt for staff behind the scenes over the past few weeks.

Kewell’s arrival also signalled a change in the club’s academy, with former Celtic captain and first-team coach Stephen McManus taking a step down to work within the B team set-up.

And according to the Athletic, that isn’t the last change Ange Postecoglou and those at the club have made within the academy.

The youngsters, who will be taking part in their second season in the Lowland League next season, will now only train at the club’s main training complex Lennoxtown.

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The young Celts regularly trained at the club’s second training centre, Barrowfield. However, from pre-season, they will now be working close to the first team.

The report also states that the most notable change for the B team next season is how they will ‘specifically try to emulate the training sessions and programme of the first team’.

Last campaign, there were glimpses of Ange Postecoglou’s system being in-printed onto the B sides style of play. But, the club appear to be planning to take that to another level by having all levels train in a very similar pattern.

The Celtic boss is reportedly keen to see training standards, fitness levels and tactics be as close to the first team as possible.

Changes needed in order to keep our best talents at the club

Although the majority of Ange Postecoglou’s focus may have been on the first team, the Celtic manager has clearly been keeping a watchful eye over what is going on elsewhere.

The 56-year-old has realised the current issues, having lost a number of our best talents to some of the biggest sides in Europe.

Hopefully, with changes being made going into next season, we are able to see youngsters make a successful breakthrough within the next few years.

One man who feels like he will have an essential role in making that happen is Stephen McManus.

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