Ange Postecoglou discusses Celtic transfer plans and Mark Lawwell synergy with 'long-term' pledge
Ange Postecoglou says planning is already underway at Celtic for the January transfer window, admitting that the World Cup could draw the attention of cash-rich buyers.
A number of Bhoys stars are heading to Qatar, including Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate, Josip Juranovic and Cameron Carter-Vickers – four of the club’s most important assets.
It’s inevitable that should they impress for their countries that teams will be keener on their services during the next transfer window. Postecoglou isn’t concerned about that, instead insistent that the club are already taking steps to protect the squad against such an eventuality.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said this weekend: “That’s part of it [the World Cup. We showed last year that we always want to stay ahead of the game. Last January, without certainty or being able to predict the future, we thought about certain positions and what was needed. We’re doing the same again this year. We have already started planning and have identified the targets that we need.
“We will look to bring in players in January that hopefully then insulates us in case any of our players are taken off our hands. It’s part of our planning and we’re well underway in ensuring we are ready for that.
“Mark [Lawwell] knows how I look at things and we’re planning for the next two, three, four windows – and trying to project what gaps we potentially might have. We look at the age demographic of our list and we have a lot in the younger bracket at the moment.
“We know that in the next few years that will progress and some of our players will move on. So we’ve got to make sure that we have players in the age group underneath who we can bring in and develop. You don’t just look at what the immediate concerns are, you look at medium term and long term issues as well. That’s just as important.”
This is, of course, exactly the kind of stuff we want to hear coming out of the club. For too long Celtic’s transfer policy has come across as slapdash and without forward planning. Now, finally, we may have turned a corner.
Lawwell only officially started his post in July but it sounds like he’s already in the thick of it when it comes to strategy and enacting that strategy. Aligned with Postecoglou, there is obvious hope it works out well for the Bhoys.