Ange Postecoglou's 60-game Celtic plan

By Dave Flanigan

July 24, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has emphasised the need for Celtic to have a deeper squad this coming season.

The Australian had to make do with shallow pool for much of last season, significantly bolstering it in the January transfer window after relying heavily on a select few players for the first half of the season.

As reported by The Scotsman, Postecoglou said: “If we are going to play 60 games this season and try to compete in every competition then you have to have a strong squad,

WARSAW, POLAND – 2022/07/20: (from L to R) Yosuke Ideguchi (21), Alexandro Bernabei (25), Bosun Lawal (50), David Turnbull (14), Christopher Jullien (2), Callum McGregor (42) and Ange Postecoglou coach of Celtic FC are seen during the friendly match between Legia Warszawa and Celtic FC at Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium. This match was the last in the career of Artur Boruc (the goalkeeper played in the past for Legia Warszawa and Celtic FC). Final score; Legia Warszawa 2:2 Celtic FC. (Photo by Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“Our whole recruiting process so far has been about making our squad robust. If we had some fragility last season then it was around the fact it was too much of a burden on the individuals and we ended up breaking down and losing key players for large chunks of the season.

“So we want to avoid that this season. In many respects we got away with it last season. In terms of the league, the Champions League and the cup competitions this season we want all of our players to be healthy so to have that will spread the burden amongst them.”

Getting away with it

With Postecoglou only arriving in Glasgow in mid-June, and with only one signing in Liel Abada available for the first competitive game against Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifiers, Celtic were hardly well prepared going into last season.

Giorgos Giakoumakis, Jota, and Cameron Carter-Vickers were all key players last season and all arrived on the final day of the window, leaving the team short in the early season.

Celtic endured a mid-season injury crisis, playing much of December without a recognised striker, as well as coping without the talismanic Kyogo Furuhashi for almost half of the season, making the eventual league win all the more remarkable.

It’s clearly a process that Postecoglou isn’t eager to repeat, the club having done much of their major business before even commencing pre-season, with significant outlays made to retain Cameron Carter Vickers and Jota, and to sign Alexandro Bernabei.

Celtic have added further depth since, but with some outgoings expected, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the club recruit further before the window closes next month.

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