Ange Postecoglou speaks on final Celtic summer signing Oliver Abildgaard

By Lewis Laird

September 2, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has reacted to the summer deadline day signing of midfielder Oliver Abildgaard from Rubin Kazan.

During the summer, the centre-defensive midfield position is one that the Celtic manager has been keen to add, and he finally got his man.

The 26-year-old arrived at Parkhead within the final few hours of the transfer window, adding the final touch to Postecoglou’s squad for the season ahead.

The Danish internationalist already appears to be settling into lift as a Celtic player, after being pictured in his first training session at Lennoxtown this afternoon.

Many supporters were left delighted with the late signing of Abildgaard, who is expected to add more quality in an area of the pitch which looked to have needed an added reinforcement alongside Callum McGregor.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou reacted to the signing for the first time today, speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow’s Glasgow derby fixture against Rangers.

The former Socceroos boss stated that Abildgaard will give him a different, but quality option to use at the base of the midfielder, as he also ruled him out of contention for his debut on Saturday afternoon.

He said [Celtic FC]: “I’m pleased to get Oliver over the line. Obviously, it happened late in the piece, we had some moving parts in terms of just making sure with opportunities for guys elsewhere; I was just mindful of in terms of squad numbers.

“I had a clear idea of what I wanted to work with, and things came together, and we were able to get Oliver in the last bit of business for us.

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“It’s great to get him in, he’s a player who is a little bit different to what we’ve got here in terms of his attributes.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to about him from a coaching perspective says he’s an outstanding person as well as an experienced and good player.

“I think he’ll fit in well with us. It just rounds off our squad, coming out of the window now, we’ve got a squad that I think is strong enough now to be able to compete on the fronts we need to.”

He continued: “Firstly, it’s no secret, he brings a bit of size to our team. Most of our side will struggle to get on any ride at Disneyland. So, particularly Gavin Strachan is pretty happy in terms of set pieces, and we can get some size in there.

“But, it wasn’t just about bringing another big body in there, it’s about the fact that I liked he sort of plays that single pivot really well when he needs to. But then, he can play in a double pivot.

“He’s effective going forward, but also, he can provide shield in front of the team. When you look at our other midfielders, they don’t have the same attributes, but there’s a commonality within all of them in that I think they fit into the kind of football we want to play.”

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Abildgaard adds another crucial piece to Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic jigsaw as he primes squad for season ahead.

With the Hoops in for another busy few months of fixtures, for me, the signing of Oliver Abildgaard has added yet another crucial piece to the Celtic jigsaw for Ange Postecoglou.

Across the last three transfer windows, this squad has slowly been taking shape, and now we are in a position where Postecoglou has plenty of strength and depth across the pitch.

Taking Abildgaard from Rubin Kazan looks to be another brilliant piece of recruitment by Ange Postecoglou as he prepares to take his Celtic squad into the Champions League whilst trying to defend our current domestic titles.

We are in for an exciting few months ahead, and I cannot wait to see our new midfielder in action in the coming weeks!

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