Ange has experienced something at Celtic he wants to change in January

By David Walton

November 10, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has stated that he doesn’t want another “chaotic” transfer window during his time as Celtic manager.

Postecoglou arrived in the summer and immediately saw about one of the biggest rebuilding jobs in the club’s history. Key players were ready to leave such as Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Kris Ajer. As many as 20 bodies would leave the club in total whether that be on loan or on permanent deals.

The former Yokohama Marinos boss managed to bring in 10 new first-team players to totally reinvent the Celtic starting XI. And, incredibly, it’s working superbly with a fine start to the season for the manager.

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However, as we close in on January, there are still some issues that need to be addressed. But the manager has promised t´he club won’t ever see a window as hectic as what he witnessed in the summer during his time in Glasgow:

Speaking via Celtic TV, the manager said: “I like to work pretty methodically. I don’t like to rush into things whether that’s decisions about current state of affairs or future affairs. And that’s why the summer transfer window, for me, was way too chaotic but understandable so because that was the situation I was put into.

“I don’t want that to happen in January and I don’t want that to happen in the future and that won’t happen if we start working methodically from now. So that doesn’t mean we ramp up things or do things at a faster pace.

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“It just means we do things in a systematic way that allows us to make the best decision without feeling the pressure of time or any other sort of anxieties. When that happens you’re more than likely to do something wrong or in haste.”

Ange Postecoglou wants a change in Celtic transfer approach

In fairness, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a transfer window like we required in the summer. There was a reason it had to be that hectic and it simply comes down to the risk we took back in the summer of 2020 when we decided to hang onto our best talent.

There was an opportunity there for Celtic to cash in on their assets. The players who left for next to nothing in the summer could’ve departed for greater fees considering they would’ve had longer on their deals.

Celtic decided to stand by Neil Lennon. Unfortunately, it was the manager that proved to be the problem and we know what happened next.

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Postecoglou, however, wants a more methodical approach to recruitment. You can understand why too. He doesn’t want to be ripping up his teams and having to build from scratch.

When he talks about building a squad, he wants there to always be a foundation to build upon. That way we won’t ever be caught out like we were last year. Minor tweaking, as opposed to major overhauls, look like being the order of the day when it comes to Ange and transfer windows.

That suits us fine of course. We need some stability at this football club. The manager’s approach to squad-building suggests he values the same.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou today outlined the next stage in his Celtic development mission