Ange Postecoglou transfer declaration emphatically backed by Celtic favourite Chris Sutton

By Euan Davidson

January 15, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has received backing over his Celtic transfer declaration from a prominent voice in Chris Sutton.

Postecoglou determined that Celtic weren’t to do any more business unless something “extraordinary” was presented to him. Furthermore, he blasted the “categorial lies” about names linked with the club over January [Scottish Daily Mail 14/01 print edition, page 93].

That might have sent alarm bells ringing amongst the Celtic support. Many might feel the Hoops could use a few more bodies. However, Chris Sutton has robustly defended Ange Postecoglou and his transfer take, making an exhaustive list of the options Celtic have.

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The Hoops are currently six points behind rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership. But Sutton believes the club have enough to close that gap and achieve Postecoglou’s goals this season.

He wrote in his Daily Record column: “f anything happens to someone in a key position before February 1 I’m sure he’d move for a replacement.

“Or if a golden nugget suddenly becomes available that he can get in the door without fuss or major outlay.

“But in making his declaration he’s telling his boys in the building he’s got complete faith in them to deliver more success. On the face of it, he’s got enough. All right, you wouldn’t want Joe Hart getting injured but the rest of the squad seems strong.”

After listing the available options Celtic have in each department, Sutton concluded: “That’s 24 established first-teamers – not kids, established first-teamers.”

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Chris Sutton is right over Ange Postecoglou declaration; Celtic have added strength to robust squad

On the face of it, Sutton has this right. Foremost, it’s a total declaration of faith in the players Celtic have. Remember, we’ve been robbed of a glut of players due to injuries. The squad is, objectively, a large and capable one. Various niggles, though, have deprived Postecoglou of options.

The way the squad looked towards the end of 2021, of course there was going to be anxiety. But there’s also context there.

However, Celtic have been excellent in this transfer window. If the four signings we’ve made are the only ones that come through the door, then it’s still a job well done. Kenny looks a talent for the future. The J League trio of Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda make us stronger in key positions.

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No question, fans would like us to make more major moves. I include myself in that to a degree. More because of the excitement over transfers than what it’d actually mean for our squad, though. That’s only natural.

You could argue it’s a gamble to leave the squad as-is. There’s a hell of a lot at stake. Regaining our title means Champions League money, which has a knock-on effect. In terms of transfer funds and appeal to players, it’s a significant prize.

However, when you look at the options we have, there’s undoubted strength in every position. Ange Postecoglou is banking on that being enough.

And he has Chris Sutton fighting his corner.

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