New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has touched on his meetings with Dominic McKay and Peter Lawwell after being officially confirmed as our new boss.
Postecoglou leave Yokohama F.Marinos as he joins the Hoops at an incredibly important period. Celtic are nearly a month removed from their final Premiership game of the season, with a massive player overhaul needed.
There have been fears amongst the support that transfer work had been halted due to the breakdown in talks with Eddie Howe. However, Postecoglou has moved to reassure supporters that the identification of player targets has already begun.
As he was officially announced by the club this morning, Postecoglou said the following as part of the statement:
“I have already had great discussions with Peter, Dom and the Board about their ideas and strategy for the future of the club. I know the Club’s new modern vision aligns very much with mine and we now look to go and deliver on this. In everything we do we aim to give our fans a successful team of real quality, which they are excited about and can be proud of.
“We have already begun work on our plans for adding to the squad – we aim to bring players of quality to Celtic to enhance the existing core of great talent.
“I very much look forward to meeting with the players on their return from the close season break and I can’t wait to get started as Celtic Manager.”
Ange Postecoglou must turn immediate focus onto recruitment
It’s great to finally have this officially announced. As we would’ve expected, the mood surrounding the football club has changed. Finally some positivity is sweeping around the place, something which could have come with the official announcement of our new manager.
However, there’s no time to toast the new appointment. The work on new signings simply needs to start immediately. We have our first Champions League qualification match taking place on July 20/21. Much of our rebuild needs to be completed by then.
The fact that meetings have already been held and that the planning has begun is reassuring. It allows us to believe that immediate signings could be on their way to the club when the transfer window opens. A message like this one can’t be followed by a prolonged period of transfer inactivity.
It will also be interesting to see how Postecoglou manages the player departure side of things. Is he resigned to losing players such as Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer? Has he already identified their replacements?
We should get some more clarity on the specifics in the coming days. It’s a hugely exciting time to be a Celtic supporter given this football club is about to look a whole lot different in a month or two.
And with transfer planning already underway, hopefully we get the window off to strong start.