2021 Celtic transfer error left Ange frustrated; lesson must be learned this year

By David Walton

June 21, 2022

There were a lot of things about last summer’s transfer window that went well for Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou was given the freedom to bring in as many as 11 players to help revolutionise the squad given the overhaul that needed completion. Celtic would then go on to win the league after adding several more to the pool in January.

However, heading into the Champions League qualifiers last year, Ange outlined his frustration in mid-July regarding the hesitancy of our transfer work. Even though we would eventually add a host of players, only Liel Abada was able to feature from the summer recruits against Midtjylland. And that clearly frustrated Ange who said the following as quoted by the Daily Record:

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“We probably hesitated a couple of times and could have moved faster on some things. That hasn’t helped us. In normal circumstances these processes are fairly straightforward. Get a player, sign him, take him on a plane, take a photo and away he goes.

“That process is now taking two to three weeks. That’s where we’ve got to move a little bit more precisely, understand there’s going to be lag time and move a bit quicker.”

So far this summer, Celtic have secured the permanent signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers. However, there have been no further additions as of yet.

Ange Postecoglou looking for more quick deals this summer

Granted, we don’t have any UCL qualifiers thanks to the Bhoys qualifying for the competition directly this season. However, Ange has already made it clear that he wants new signings in before pre-season gets underway next week [The Scotsman].

As things stand, it would be surprising to see many in the door by then. Speculation has been heating up regarding the likes of Benjamin Siegrist and Alexandro Bernabei, but nothing imminent as of yet.

We know the Celtic boss likes to get deals done as early as possible. He doesn’t particularly like the idea of waiting until the last minute. Look at January for example when he didn’t make a single signing after Matt O’Riley’s arrival on the 22nd.

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It’ll be the same this summer. Ange won’t want to get too deep into pre-season and certainly not into the competitive campaign without having managed to bring in the vast majority of his signings. Transfer hesitancy isn’t something he’ll accept 12 months on.

Celtic, of course, have a new chief executive at the helm in Michael Nicholson. Not to mention a new head of recruitment on Mark Lawwell. So the personnel has certainly changed from last year in terms of bringing players in. Whether that leads to a change in approach remains to be seen.

Nicholson in particular impressed in January by the swift arrivals of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda, and Yosuke Ideguchi respectively. Ange will be looking for quick work in the window once again. The more pre-season time he gets with his new signings, the easier the integration period will be for them.

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