Report: Ange Postecoglou to have final say on all Celtic transfer deals

By David Walton

June 8, 2021

Ange Postecoglou will have the final say on all incomings and outgoings at Celtic, according to the Scottish Sun.

There have been concerns in recent weeks that transfer work has been going on without a new manager in place. With Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer both closing in on moves, it looked as though they could’ve left before the new man was in place.

Meanwhile, the club have been linked with a host of names this summer despite a manager not being officialappointed. This has led to some confusion over who is making transfer decisions given plenty of scouting work appears to be ongoing.

But it doesn’t look as though we should expect any deals to go ahead before Postecoglou is in the door. The Sun reports that Celtic don’t want to make decisions without his say so. Instead, it will be down to the incoming boss to make all final decisions on transfers. This appears to include big hitters such as Edouard and Ajer.

Celtic have seen one player depart during our period without a manager in Patryk Klimala. The Polish striker moved to New York Red Bulls in April for a reported £3.5million [Sky Sports].

Ange Postecoglou being given Celtic transfer authority is a step in the right direction

Celtic allowing Postecoglou to make the final decisions on all playing personnel sets a promising tone. That suggests that the club is ready to back the manager and give him the authority that a manager should always have.

It’s not as if the Celtic board hasn’t gotten involved in transfer moves in the past. Even Brendan Rodgers had to deal with the arrival of Marian Shved in 2019 despite him making it clear he didn’t want him.

Postecoglou doesn’t seem to be in line for this same level of restrictiveness. With a bit of luck, it means that Celtic are truly getting behind him and allowing him to make all decisions regarding the on-field matters. That’s the way it should be.

Ange Postecoglou is set to come to Celtic / (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

It will also be interesting to see what the dynamic is between Postecoglou and the Director of Football too. If Celtic are going to bring in the latter, it will need to be made clear how involved either man is in transfer work and who’s accountable for what.

As of right now, Celtic have a host of players to sign this summer. The scale of the on-field rebuild is substantial, and Postecoglou being given the go-ahead to make his own decisions is a massive sign of faith in the current Yokohama Marinos boss.

Hopefully, this should lead to a smooth rebuilding process this summer. We have enough on our plate without potential managerial-boardroom tensions picking up.

In other news, Postecoglou doesn’t need a Celtic man in the dugout.