"Imagine"; John Hartson sounds excited with what Ange could do at Celtic next year

By David Walton

March 16, 2022

Celtic great John Hartson has admitted that he’s excited to see what Ange Postecoglou could do with the Hoops.

Postecoglou has worked miracles at Celtic Park this season with superb work done in the transfer window over the summer. As many as 10 first-team players arriving in the summer and another 4 in the door in January [Transfermarkt].

It’s been a simply stunning transition with Celtic going from 25 points behind Rangers last term to 3 clear of them with only 8 league fixtures remaining. It’s all the more important given the winner of the Premiership will likely go straight into the Champions League group stages and bank a reported £40m [Daily Record].

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And Hartson was left imagining what Ange could do with a hefty budget next summer after a scrap to rebuild the team last year.

Speaking on Go Radio’s Football Show, Hartson said: “I think both clubs will be looking at the league as the main priority; obviously Celtic are not in Europe. But in terms of giving the manager the opportunity to build, certainly from Ange Postecoglou’s point of view the league (is the priority), you can imagine what he would do with £20-25million as a big nest egg, with what he has done on a shoestring [budget] since he came in just to get Celtic competitive.

“They have gone above that and he has excelled as the leader in getting them where they are. Alright they were disappointing in Europe, but do do that I think they need to buy a better quality of player and add to the quality they have already got.”

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UCL windfall will lead to bigger budget – but where do Celtic need to strengthen?

Should Celtic win the league and enter the UCL, it would obviously increase our budget for the summer. Fans expect signings in every single time we enter a new window, and Ange will have targets in mind for the summer already.

But it’ll be interesting to see how he manages it. After all, what positions do Celtic seriously need to strengthen as things stand? Well, if we’re talking about ensuring our continued domestic domination, then a new first-choice left-back to match Josip Juranovic’s quality would be ideal. Outside of that there are no major squad concerns.

However, it’s a different story if we’re wanting to make splash in the biggest club competition int he world. All of a sudden, you would be talking everywhere on the pitch as needing improvements. Especially when you look at how poorly we performed against Bodo/Glimt in the Conference League.

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We also have major question marks over what’s happening with both Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer. There’s hardly any confirmation that both of those players will be staying. So finances will need to be used there if they don’t.

It’s just going to be intriguing to see where Ange prioritises if we win the league or a domestic treble. It’s all part of the squad’s evolution of course, and we’re not blind as to the fact it’ll need some tweaking in the summer.

It would certainly be made a lot easier if we manage to gain entry into the UCL.

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