John Hartson on the Celtic transfer reality facing Ange Postecoglou

By John McGinley

September 20, 2021

John Hartson insists that this Celtic team needs time to gel under manager Ange Postecoglou due to all the transfers coming and going over the summer.

The Bhoys slipped to a disappointing defeat to Livingston in the Scottish Premiership yesterday, a team that have had a really poor start to the season.

That’s not acceptable for a team with big ambitions this season. Many supporters are understandably unhappy.

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However, Hartson understands the reasons behind the results, has called for patience and even thinks Celtic need to do more transfer work in January.

Speaking to Sky Sports at his charity golf day, the former Celtic striker said: “I think it’s going to take a bit of time. In the January window, Celtic will need to add a few more. Let’s not forget we sold our most important striker and sold our best defender.

“We’ve got new signings that have come in. It’s going to take a bit of time to gel with the new manager. He’s had to build a whole new team.

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“Of course, you want to win games especially when your rivals drop points. But I think it takes time to be consistent and win all the time. That is what Ange Postecoglou will be looking to do with his players.”

Time is something in short supply at the sharp end of football, especially at a club like Celtic that is locked in such an intense rivalry and competing for trophies.

But Hartson is right. We need to stomach what’s happening here, take the road bumps as they come, celebrate the positives and hope that Ange’s long-term vision for the club comes through.

Of course, we can’t accept a deteriorating situation and our away form does need to be addressed, but this team has the ability to improve massively.

Hopefully another mini-run of good results at home sets us up well for Pittodrie in two weeks.

In other news, Celtic panic indulges our worst fears but nothing has really changed.

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