Ange Postecoglou answers Buta to Celtic question with general transfer talk

By David Walton

July 27, 2021

Ange Postecoglou moved to cool the speculation surrounding an imminent move for Aurelio Buta to Celtic Park as he provided a transfer timeline update.

Belgian outlet Walfoot stated earlier today that Buta was completing a move to Celtic Park. The deal was said to be worth £3m, with an agreement already in place.

The move would solve a long-term pain for Postecoglou at right-back. He’s been forced to go with Anthony Ralston in one of his key positions as fans await the board to back the manager with an upgrade.

However, despite the rumour being that upgrade was on its way today, Postecoglou moved to ease expectations. He did, however say that work was ongoing to get players in over the coming days.

Speaking at his pre-Midtjylland press conference via Celtic TV, the manager said: “Close to signing could mean a million miles away at the moment. What I do know and as I keep saying, we’re working on things.

“But I can categorically say that we haven’t signed anyone else as yet. There’s no one else that’s put pen to paper. But we’re working hard to make sure that we can do that in the coming days.”

Aurelio Buta to Celtic hopefully on the cards

This doesn’t mean that Buta isn’t coming. Postecoglou refuses to flat out deny the rumour or any interest in the player. If Celtic didn’t want him, that would’ve been very simple for the manager to make clear.

But at the same time, we’ve waited long enough to get a right-back in the door. Celtic have had since January to be on this. We’ve known ever since Jonjoe Kenny signed on loan that we would be in this position come the summer.

It’s absolutely scandalous that it’s even gotten to this stage. That we managed to make it to the UEFA Champions League qualifiers without strengthening in the position.

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Now, it looks as though Ralston is going to keep his spot for Tynecastle with an already guaranteed start in Midtjylland tomorrow night. We’ve seen enough of the Lennoxtown graduate to know he isn’t cut out for this level.

You can also question where on earth Lee O’Connor is amongst all of this. The former Manchester United youth team captain hasn’t been anywhere near the manager’s starting XIs in pre-season. So it doesn’t bode well for him either.

Whether it’s Buta, George Baldock, or Brandon Soppy – we need a right-back in yesterday. Progress on this in the coming days is essential ahead of our Premiership campaign beginning.

In other news: New Celtic signing Carl Starfelt to be available for Hearts opener