What's next for Celtic as we press on with another vital week

By David Walton

June 22, 2021

For Celtic, it’s another new week that’s begun with yet no new incomings seemingly on their way.

We’re over five weeks since our last competitive game against Hibernian at Easter Road. That 0-0 stalemate was just another sign that this squad needed an overhaul.

The Eddie Howe saga undoubtedly pushed our transfer plans back. Giving him far too much time to make up his mind on whether he would be joining or not put this club’s transfer activity at severe risk. You could say we’re still paying for it now even after the arrival of Ange Postecoglou.

The new manager will take training for the first time this week. However, with less than a month to go until the Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland, we’ve still to bring any players in. It’s starting to look as though the wantaways in particular will need to be used in that tie – something the club should’ve been avoiding at all cost.

But what should we expect this week? Can we expect major progress on transfer targets? Perhaps some updates on player departures?

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In truth, expect another generally quiet one on that front. This week will be all about getting Postecoglou out there and talking to the media and the supporters. It’ll be the first time the club has had a chance to parade their new man after his appointment a couple of weeks ago.

Celtic fans are yet to see the forward planning as we get into another big week

Postecoglou is insistent that he’s been in constant talks with pending CEO Dominic McKay regarding transfers [Celtic Website]. That’s all very well and good, but until we see players in the door it all means very little.

With regards to this week, expect some more news on player contracts being triggered. Anthony Ralston was given another year despite Postecoglou not even being given a chance to see him in action yet.

Leigh Griffiths is in the same situation along with Olivier Ntcham. Expect Griffiths in particular to be given his extension this week. As for Ntcham, it looks as though the club is willing to let him go. Again, hopefully confirmation of that will come out either this week or next.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has spoken to Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But don’t expect any arrivals coming in. The transfer window is already open, but as expected it’s been a quiet start. Even at this early stage, we would’ve hoped to have had some targets earmarked to arrive before pre-season. That isn’t the case.

We can also hopefully expect some definitive news on the positions of assistant manager John Kennedy and first-team coach Gavin Strachan. Both are remenants of the failed regime of last season. However, with both back in pre-season training, it appears they’re staying for now.

Expect Postecoglou to clear that up in his first media conference along with, hopefully, some updates on our transfer targets.

In other news, Celtic-linked Valentin Rosier has talked up the club he would like to play for next.