Ange Postecoglou delivers Celtic transfer update; explains his role in recruitment

By Euan Davidson

July 23, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is frustrated he can’t integrate his new players yet, while hinting there are more to come.

The new Bhoys boss, in an interview with Sky Sports, talked on a few different Celtic topics in his typically blunt style, which is winning over any Ange agnostics in the support.

Regarding transfer business so far, Celtic boss Ange was asked whether he was happy with the deals Celtic had done.

Postecoglou replied [Sky Sports]:

“Pleased, but at the same time we need to do more. It’s probably the one area we are chipping away [where] we haven’t had the visible results. We signed Liel Abada, who came in and had a fantastic debut.

“We signed Carl Starfelt and Kyogo Furuhashi but they’re not even here at the moment. That’s the challenges of the world we live in. That’s a little bit of a frustrating bit, it would’ve been great to have those boys in already.

“And the other ones we’re working on, conclude them a bit quicker.

“We’re endeavouring to get there, we’re chipping away, and hopefully the next two, three weeks will bear the fruit of that.”

Ange Postecoglou describes his transfer input, and in the process, his character

The Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was then asked for his take on transfer responsibilities at the club.

He said [Sky Sports]:

“I’m involved in everything mate. It’s just the nature of me as a person, I guess. Anything I’m going to take responsibility for, I’m going to make sure that I have input into it and have a say.

“That’s part of people getting to know me. They clearly understand I want to be involved in everything, and I want to make sure I’m in charge of everything. But they also know I take responsibility, good or bad, for the outcomes of it.”

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Clearly, the work being done on the team behind the scenes is nowhere near finished. Celtic are already close to topping last year’s spend, but Postecoglou isn’t shy in saying the club are working on more deals.

Centre-backs, right-backs and left-sided attackers are in short supply. Meanwhile, there’s continued debate about the future of Vasilis Barkas.

It’s heartening to know Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is intimately involved in the transfer happenings at the club. He’s always struck supporters as a hands-on type of manager, and he’s forthcoming in expressing that.

What Celtic do next could either delight or frustrate the manager more. At the very least, it’s keeping the supporters guessing.

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