More staff exits across the city as Ange Postecoglou plans Celtic Lennoxtown improvements
Rivals Rangers have experienced a large amount of staff turnover over the last eight months and it’s far from good preparation for their attempts to catch Celtic.
The Scottish Sun reports today that chief scout Andy Scoulding is set to leave Rangers and be appointed at Tottenham Hotspur to help them in their UEFA Champions League bid next season.
The outlet credits Scoulding as helping bring players such as Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey and Ryan Kent to the club and states that it’s a ‘major blow’ for the Ibrox outfit.
It comes after club doctor Mark Waller is also reportedly on the move to England, this time linking up with former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.
Telegraph journalist John Percy, who broke the news of Ange Postecoglou’s appointment at Celtic, believes it is a ‘huge coup’ for the Foxes.
We know Ange Postecoglou, far from stemming the tide of a staff exodus at Lennoxtown, is actively looking to make further additions to his backroom team.
Ange will use summer months to shape Lennoxtown staff
In fact, I got the chance to ask the Celtic boss about this very subject back in late-April and he told me it’s something the club will be looking at over these summer months.
Postecoglou said: “We’re always looking to improve areas. My focus when I got the position at the beginning of the season was that the team needed rebuilding. My focus was on making sure we had a side that was competitive this year.
“After a trophyless season last year, we had to have success this year. It’s just how I felt. My total focus was on getting a team and environment that would give us a chance for success.
“Within that, I feel that there are areas we can continually look to improve the club – sports science was one area, player welfare was another area to help players on and off the field. All these things are there to make us a better club.
“In this off-season, there’ll be other areas that, now I have the time and the understanding of how things are working, we can make these improvements. There are still areas we can be better.
“The club has been really supportive. I tend to be fairly meticulous and probably in some respects people feel I maybe should move a bit quicker. But I just like to get things right. I haven’t rushed these decisions or brought people in for the sake of it. I’ll bring people in who I believe can add to a really strong group of staff who support the players.
“We’ll do that over the coming months. Michael Nicholson and the board have been really supportive about that. They’re leaving it to me and making sure whatever I’ve asked for I’ve received. I think that’ll continue.”
Mark Lawwell, of course, arrived shortly after this and a job listing for another First Team Analyst position was recently spotted online, so work is ongoing behind the scenes regarding this.
I’m looking forward to seeing how Postecoglou shapes his vision for what a full staff should look like at Lennoxtown.
It feels like the manager has Celtic’s house in order, as other clubs face the prospect of replacing key senior members in a bit of a rush.
In other news, Celtic tease imminent Adidas kit unveiling.