First glimpse of Celtic training under Ange Postecoglou

By John McGinley

June 24, 2021

Celtic have released the first photos and video footage of the first-team squad training under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Taken this afternoon, the snaps were posted to the club’s official social media accounts, including Twitter.

They show the manager addressing his new charges with first-team players such as Albian Ajeti and Nir Bitton in attendance. A number of youngsters can also be seen working in the background.

A video was later shared on YouTube.

Postecoglou arrived in Glasgow yesterday. The 55-year-old headed straight to Lennoxtown to check out the facilities and meet the staff. Today was the first opportunity to put players through their paces.

There’s less than a month until the first competitive fixture of the season. That will come against FC Midtjylland of Denmark at Celtic Park on 20th July.

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Before then the squad are due to travel to world-class facilities in Wales for a training camp, where they’ll be joined by returning international players.

In the build-up to the Champions League qualifier, there will be warm-up matches against Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic and Bristol City down south before a Celtic Park friendly against Preston North End.

This is the time of the season that’s always exciting. However, there’s also just an incredible amount of work to complete both on the training pitches and with recruitment.

That goes for players and staff. We still have no idea who’ll be replacing Nick Hammond, never mind potential first-team exits such as Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

There are also big question marks about Postecoglou’s coaching staff. John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan are in place for now, but there’ll be an expectancy he can bring his own men in.

The club at least needs to clarify the situation.

Right now though we can be glad that, finally, a new man is in charge of training and preparing us for the new season. Four months was far too long without a clear plan, but we can now officially move on from the Lennon era.

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