Ange addresses situation surrounding potential Celtic player departures
Ange Postecoglou doesn’t appear to be quick to push anyone out the Celtic exit door as he took a relaxed tone when discussing potential departures.
The Hoops have already managed to strike deals for the likes of Vasilis Barkas, Adam Montgomery and Liam Scales with all 3 out on loan. Academy talents such as Ross Doohan, Kerr McInroy, and Brody Patterson have also exited the club permanently.
However, it has been reported in the past that the Hoops want to offload several current senior players. Ismaila Soro, Albian Ajeti, and Boli Bolingoli have all been mentioned as potential figures Celtic would like to see suitors come in for [The Athletic].
But there certainly isn’t a panic to get them out quickly as Ange stated the situation isn’t any different to last year. As quoted by the National, the Celtic boss said: “It’s a big squad, and we’re going to need a big squad. We’ll probably play 60 games this year, and with the World Cup break it’s going to be a pretty congested schedule either side of it.
“So, we’re going to need a strong squad, but in terms of players departing it’s no different to last year. I’m pretty comfortable with it, that will all take care of itself. The ones who see their futures elsewhere or are looking for opportunities elsewhere, if that comes along it comes along.
“At the moment, whoever is I the squad, I treat them as if they are going to stay in the squad, unless they say otherwise.”
Celtic happy to play the waiting game when it comes to player exits
Make no mistake, Celtic will still look at certain players and want to find them moves. If an offer was to come in for the likes of Ajeti, Boli, or Soro, you can bet there’s a good chance they’ll be off.
Why? Because that’s all part of squad evolution. Ange wants to build a bigger and better Celtic. That doesn’t involve the deadwood currently at the club.
But at the same time, the Celtic boss is clearly not looking to blow the situation out of proportion. He’s still happy to have them around for the short term. Why make it such a big issue when we still have 2 months to get certain players out the door?
You could use Christopher Jullien’s near-departure as a good example of how relaxed Celtic are about all of this. He looked set to move to Schalke before it broke down and then suddenly he was appearing and scoring in a friendly yesterday. No big fuss made.
Much of this will be down to whether the players themselves want to depart also. Let’s not forget that the likes of Soro and Ajeti are on long-term contracts here. The wages won’t be small. Unless they depart on loan agreements, they’ll likely have to take a wage cut.
It’s not just a case of getting players out the exit door with a click of the fingers, but Ange will know who he can rely on and who he can’t next season. If offers come in for the latter, Celtic will surely just be glad to get them off the wage bill.