John Hartson outlines importance of strong Celtic January window

By David Walton

September 21, 2021

John Hartson is already looking ahead to the January transfer window as he urged the need to give Ange Postecoglou time.

The Celtic boss has been in the role for over three months now, and it’s been a rollercoaster start. Celtic have managed to make the Europa League group stages and have been free-flowing at Parkhead.

Yet away from home it’s been a different story. We’ve lost six of our seven games away from Parkhead and have picked up zero points from nine in the league. All of a sudden, we find ourselves four points behind top spot with plenty of concerns.

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But Hartson has encouraged criticism not to go over the top. And even though he’s backing Celtic for a strong January window, he’s addressed what he believes will happen even if the league is lot this year.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Hartson said: “Celtic want to win the league, but even if they don’t, I don’t think there will be any panic. The club trust Ange. We can’t put him under pressure after six league games. This club lost the league by 25 points last season and there’s been huge turnover. He needs at least another window.

“It is a transitional period. He needs backing, he needs a good window in January, to keep close to Rangers, to keep the pressure on. I’m sure Ange will highlight what he needs. I can’t say it wasn’t a bad result on Sunday (vs Livingston) – everyone knows it was a bad result. But once Celtic strengthen defensively and get a few players back, I am sure the results will improve.

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“I don’t think there will be a 25-point gap. I don’t think it is going to be that type of season – I don’t think anybody is going to run away with it, I really don’t. Ange has come in, he has united the crowd, he has united the dressing room. I think he has done very well. He just needs time.”

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The Livingston defeat shocked us all. We believed those kind of days were behind us. The kind of days when we fail to look imaginative or have a clue in how to cut open the opposition. It was disappointing we were sent back to our old demons on Sunday.

Fans, quite rightly, were left livid with the result. It was the kind of performance that makes you put a lot of things into perspective. Makes you wonder whether we do indeed have the right man moving us forward.

Whilst that can’t particularly be answered at the moment, he’ll get much more time. Fans who say one more result like Sunday and he’ll be gone? That won’t happen. The club has invested its faith into the new boss. They like what he brings to the table and they’re clearly looking to him to lead us into a new era.

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We all acknowledged that the rebuild wasn’t going to take one window. The fact we still have squad shortages pretty much confirms that. No, we all knew this was a long-term partnership we’ve entered into with Ange.

He’ll most certainly get the January window so long as nothing disastrous happens between now and then. As for should we lose the league? That’s not the kind of chat fans are ready to entertain just yet.

It’s only September. We won’t see the true evolution of this Celtic side for some time yet. But the fans will be ready to get back behind Ange for Thursday night’s visit of Raith Rovers. That much is absolutely certain.

In other news, Celtic boss finally bags new Head of Sports Science as Anton McElhone signs up