Postecoglou brilliantly details importance of Celtic squad depth with latest media response

By Lewis Laird

August 5, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has brilliantly detailed how there is no set starting 11, with squad depth being crucial for the Hoops this season.

With the 56-year-old heading into his second year in charge of the Bhoys, the Celtic squad is beginning to take nice shape as we look to defend our title.

In comparison to last summer, Postecoglou now has plenty of quality options to choose from across the park.

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One of those positions that now has good squad depth after this summer’s transfer business is the central defensive area.

Postecoglou has the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Stephen Welsh, Mortiz Jenz and the returning Carl Starfelt to choose from ahead of the trip to Ross County tomorrow afternoon.

Of course, only two of those options can be selected for the game, with Carter-Vickers and Welsh taking their place in the back four during last weekend’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen.

After returning from injury, some questions have been raised as to whether Carl Starfelt will slot straight back, reigniting his partnership with the American internationalist.

However, Postecoglou wasn’t interested in getting involved in that discussion.

Instead, the Celtic manager brilliantly detailed how the shirt is available for everyone to fight for, with every player expected to get their chance at some point this season due to the number of games we are involved in.

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When asked if it was currently Stephen Welsh’s shirt to lose, Ange responded [Celtic FC]: “I know people like to look at it that way, I understand why; this whole notion of first 11s, second 11s, whose starting and whose not. But, all along, my thinking around all these things is that I select the team for a game, and that’s it, really.

“I select the 11 that I think is going to give us a decent chance of getting on top of the opposition and during that game I’m thinking I’ve got players who can also change that outcome as well.

“And then, once the games over, the games over for me. Then I’m looking to the next game, and a whole range of things come into whether a player restarts and is, yes, his performances, how he’s training, how he’s feeling, how other guys in his position are going.

“All those kind of things came into it. So, the shirt is there for all of them, whether they are starting or not.”

He continued: “So, whether it’s Welshy or anyone else in this team, they know we’re gonna play 50 something games this year, and if I can get 30 or 40 really top quality games out of the majority of them, then it gives us a good chance of success.”

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Postecoglou delivers perfect response to squad question.

Although it is certainly a positive that Stephen Welsh has made a good start to the season, and Carl Starfelt is still to return from injury, it can be a potentially tricky task to keep all involved happy.

However, Ange Postecoglou has once again delivered a brilliant response in relation to this question, detailing why both players will be important for Celtic this season.

It is extremely unlikely we go through an entire campaign without any fresh injury worries, and we would rather be in the position we are now.

With the Hoops being involved in so many competitions and facing another hectic schedule, squad depth and rotation will be crucially important as we go on the hunt for more trophy success under Postecoglou.

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