Ange Postecoglou insists unique pre-season scenario will be 'invaluable' for Celtic squad

By Lewis Laird

June 27, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has insisted that an uninterrupted pre-season will be ‘invaluable’ for his Hoops squad.

The 56-year-old is preparing to take part in his second pre-season as manager at Parkhead after joining the club in June 2021.

However, preparations for last year’s pre-season were far from ideal for the former Socceroos boss, with the club undergoing a rebuild.

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Postecoglou ended up bringing 12 new additions to the Hoops, and the majority arrived after the competitive fixtures had already started for the 2021/22 campaign.

This pre-season should be a lot more organised for the Celtic manager after building much of his squad and only needing a handful of new additions.

Off the back of last season’s trophy success, the Bhoys secured an automatic place in the Champions League group stages, which also means that we don’t face the task of qualifiers for the competition this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Celtic TV, the manager opened up on the benefits of having an uninterrupted pre-season, stating that it will be ‘invaluable’ for his squad.

He said: “We’ve got a unique scenario this year, which everyone knows about. We have a clean pre-season without any competitive games, which is a great advantage for us.

“I think for me, apart from strengthening the squad, just being able to work with the group of players we had last year in pre-season is gonna be invaluable as well because most of them either missed pre-season or we threw them in during or halfway through the season.

“So, even working with the existing squad over the next three/four weeks with the coaching staff will be invaluable.”

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Celtic fans are already buzzing to see the work Postecoglou will do with a full pre-season.

During his first season, the Celtic supporters were left impressed by Ange Postecoglou in many ways.

One of the most impressive aspects about the ex-Yokohama F Marino’s boss, though, is how quickly he was able to turn around this group of players.

Ange had Celtic absolutely firing within two transfer windows, and his side comfortably delivered the Premiership title in May.

So, it will be a scary thought for opposition teams and supporters when you start to think about what Postecoglou might be able to do with an entire pre-season and a settled squad.

Going into the Champions League, the Celtic manager will be keen to see us go to the next level. And the work for that starts now, with phase two of Ange Postecoglou’s rebuild at Parkhead taking shape over the next five weeks.

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