Ange Postecoglou outlines one of Celtic's biggest transfer priorities this summer
Ange Postecoglou has revealed that he wants to bring a new midfielder to Celtic Park this summer.
The Hoops will be losing one of their reliable options in Nir Bitton after he played his last game for the club against Motherwell yesterday.
The Hoops brought Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi to the club back in January. But even so, the Celtic boss still wants to bring one more to the club as part of his summer transfer tweaking.
And as he explained why he brought 3 to the club back in January, Ange also let slip that he wants another in.
As quoted by the Daily Record, the Celtic boss said: “People will eventually figure out that I’m always trying to think a step ahead. The reason we brought in three midfielders in January was because I knew the likely outcome at the end of the season.
“We wanted to be a step ahead in planning for these things [Bitton and Rogic going] so we’re not scrambling at the last minute. It’s about the future and that’s an area of the park we had to bolster. We still need to sign another midfielder but having signed the boys in January, it means they’re already bedded into our club. It gives us a head start.
“What we’ll look to do in the summer window is make sure the squad are stronger, more robust and increase the quality of our starting players. We won’t bring in as many, obviously, it’ll be more targeted.”
Midfielder one of Celtic’s biggest transfer priorities this summer
It’s interesting that Ange wants to add yet another midfielder to the squad. However, when you look at our current options, you can see why that perhaps should be the case.
Ismaila Soro is almost a cert to depart whilst it’s become clear we can’t rely on James McCarthy to do us a turn. That’s 2 of our current options set to leave along with Bitton. That leaves us with Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley, and Yosuke Ideguchi available as viable midfield options.
All it takes is a couple of injuries in the position and we’re scrambling for numbers. Injuries that could very easily happen as we saw this season.
In addition to that, we still don’t necessarily have a natural defensive-midfielder that’s adequately replaced Scott Brown. Even Ideguchi, who is known for being a tough tackler, looks like he enjoys playing in a role more advanced than what Broony offered us.
We saw against bigger sides this season how easily the backline was exposed. That became a real issue both in Europe and in the Glasgow derby matches against Rangers. That’s still an area of the park we need to sort. Ideguchi has a big role to play next term, but we still have to find someone with aggressive, ball-winning attributes.
That’s likely on Postecoglou’s person specification this summer. And it’ll be fascinating to see who he deems worthy to come in and add to the quality of his current Celtic team.