The frustrating Celtic transfer policy Ange Postecoglou looks to have ended

By David Walton

June 20, 2022

If there’s one thing you have to admit about Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic transfer work, it’s that his signings are all designed to make an impact immediately.

During his time in Glasgow, he’s made as many as 16 acquisitions in a bid to overhaul the squad. Only Johnny Kenny has been secured as a long-term project after he joined the B team upon his arrival in January. The rest have been brought in with a remit of making an impact at first-team level immediately.

Joe Hart, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josip Juranovic, Carl Starfelt, Osaze Urhoghide, Liam Scales, James McCarthy, Jota, Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, and Giorgos Giakoumakis were all acquired last summer after Ange got the job. They were followed by Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda, and Yosuke Ideguchi in January.

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All of the above were brought in not to make an impact in a year’s time or 2 years down the line. They were here to make their mark on the club now.

Yes, not all of them have been successful. The likes of Urhoghide, Scales, and McCarthy would’ve wanted a lot more game-time than they were given last term. But the intentions were clear when they arrived – they were there to beef up the squad.

Even Ideguchi, who only made 6 appearances after his January arrival, looked set for a first-team run before a nasty injury set him back early on.

What’s missing from Ange Postecoglou’s transfer business? Project buys

There’s a certain kind of signing that’s been missing from Ange’s recruitment work. He doesn’t care if they’re young or old – if they’re good enough to evolve his squad they’ll be given an opportunity here. But what he doesn’t appear interested in is project buys.

He isn’t interested in players who “might” be able to make it here in about 3 years’ time. That’s not his style and it’s really showing not just in our work so far but in the players we’ve been linked with.

Celtic have been credited with an interest in a a plethora of options this summer. But what’s missing from that list? Any type of signing designed to make an impact down the line on a future date.

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You won’t find a Marian Shved, Vakoun Issouf Bayo, or Patryk Klimala coming in under Ange’s watch. Every signing he’s made for the first-team has been one he believes will either improve his starting XI immediately or bolster his back-up options.

Celtic have wasted far too much money in that particular policy without ever getting anything in return. Can we honestly say that we remember a project purchase that actually worked out for the club? Let’s not forget the likes of Eboue Kouassi, Lewis Morgan, and Ismaila Soro can all be added to the names above too.

Celtic fans were left fed up of signing players that weren’t supposed to make an immediate impact. But that’s all changed under Ange, and it’s clear it’s worked a treat so far.

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