Greg Taylor on the Ange factor that has helped Celtic squad bond quicker than expected
With a whole host of new faces joining Celtic this season – including 12 signings in the summer and a further five in the January window – it was always going to take some time for the squad to bed in.
After a stuttering start to the campaign, Ange Postecoglou’s side started to pick up in September and have since gone on a long unbeaten run domestically, which has led to the Bhoys sitting six points clear at the top of the league.
There is no doubt that a lot of that success can be attributed to success in the transfer market.
In the space of just a few months, the group of players seemed to have created a bond. Not only with one another but also with the Celtic support, who turn out in their numbers every week.
Celtic defender Greg Taylor has opened up on that bond created within the group, as he told 67 Hail Hail in a press conference this afternoon about how the dressing room has become so close throughout the season.
The left-back said: “The gaffer has recruited well. He has been big on recruiting good people rather than just good players, and I think we have done that.
“We’ve got a good squad of good people, and that helps. And also, I think winning games of football – that definitely makes it easier.
“When you’re winning, you’re happier, and you’re enjoying your football more. That’s definitely brought us closer together.
“We’ve settled well, considering it is such a new team.”
The bond between the players is an excellent omen for the future
Going into this season, it was widely recognised that the club would need to undergo a dramatic rebuild of building an almost entirely new squad.
That also brought the expectation that it would take time to build and settle.
But, after just a few months, the player’s bond was already incredibly strong, and the season really kickstarted for Ange and his players.
They have faced their fair share of bad luck throughout the campaign, with the number of injuries the squad have had to deal with.
Despite that, they got on with the job and didn’t complain, which has now led the Bhoys to sitting six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Thinking forward to next season and beyond, it is an exciting thought of what Ange could do in the transfer market and with his squad when he gets some time to work.
For now, though, the focus for the players will be working together to see out the final few games of the season and, hopefully, securing another trophy to round the campaign off.