Report: Ange Postecoglou plans to kickstart Celtic recruitment work during quarantine
Pending Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will use his quarantine period to start planning for the massive recruitment overhaul he needs at Parkhead, the Scottish Sun reports.
The Hoops need a sizable number of players in order to have sufficient depth for the coming season. The likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie, and Olivier Ntcham are all into the final years of their contracts. All four have been linked with moves away.
Celtic fans will have been hoping that Eddie Howe was undertaking considerable work planning for our rebuild in the background over the last several months, However, with those talks breaking down, the club was back to square one.
Postecoglou is to be announced at some stage before the end of the week, the Sun claims. However, when he arrives in Scotland, he’ll have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period. This will mean that he won’t be in charge until after our pre-season training has begun.
However, the Greek-Australian won’t be twiddling his thumbs during that period. Instead, the Sun believes he’ll be assessing candidates for his squad during that 10-day period.
Ange Postecoglou has to make the most of quarantine period
There’s no reason for transfer work to halt just because Postecoglou is in quarantine. He should still be able to have access to footage of the players training in order for him to assess the current squad.
In addition to that, it doesn’t stop him from running the rule over certain players he feels could make an impact at Celtic. We need to be working on recruitment any chance we get after the Howe disaster. It’s now been almost four weeks since our final Premiership game against Hibernian at Easter Road. To think we’re still in the position we’re in is baffling.
A recent analysis of the squad rebuild needed at Celtic by 67HailHail identified as many as 13 players needing brought in. This would be the amount needed to have cover for every position, assuming the wantaways depart.
So there’s no room for relaxation this summer. Postecoglou is being thrown in at the deep end undoubtedly, but this is the rebuild he signed up for. Now, he has to make a host of quickfire signings ahead of the Champions League qualifiers in July.
Certain areas should be prioritised over others. Successful replacements for the likes of Edouard and Ajer in particular will be 2 key points of our summer recruitment search. If Postecoglou can pull that off, we’ll be off to a flyer.
But knowing he’ll be using his quarantine time effectively is reassuring for supporters.