Celtic board already following through with key Ange transfer strategy

By David Walton

June 13, 2022

Ange Postecoglou made his priorities clear heading into the transfer window when it came to the club’s strategy and how quick Celtic should act.

He outlined that he would love to have all of his work done by the time his players come back for pre-season training at the end of the month [The Scotsman]. The demand was clear – get our targets in as early as possible.

Celtic fans are used to key positions not being filled heading into the closing days of a transfer window. That Ange puts so much emphasis on getting work done quickly is hugely refreshing.

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Look at what happened last January when we managed to bring in Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, Reo Hatate, and Matt O’Riley respectively. Not one of those players was signed in the closing stages of the window. We were able to put our feet up on deadline day safe in the knowledge our work was complete.

And in a real boost for supporters, it looks as though the club is following that key Ange directive once again.

Firstly, we made a major statement by securing Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent contract. This was announced on the very first day of the window, showing that work had clearly been done behind the scenes to ensure this didn’t drag on.

Celtic looking to get their transfer work done as early as possible

We’ve also clearly been making moves to try and fill certain priority positions ASAP too. The Daily Mail, for example, have reported that we’ve scheduled talks with Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Souza. Not to mention Argentinian media have claimed we’ve had a bid rejected for Alexandro Bernabei [TyC Sports].

In addition to that, we managed to secure a loan departure for Vasilis Barkas before we’d even reached mid-June. There’s plenty of work to do with some of the other deadwood at the club, but that also marked a hugely positive start.

Celtic have sprung into action in the transfer window and will no doubt be eyeing up plenty of deals over the next couple of weeks. There’s clearly an urge to get as much of our business done early on as possible.

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Granted, it likely won’t be the case that we manage to complete every single transfer before pre-season. Not if we’re going to potentially be bringing in 5 or 6 more. But Celtic are a club that appears determined these days not to allow things to fester until the final days of the window.

The early reports suggest that the club is working overtime to ensure Ange is satisfied with his squad when he returns from pre-season. It’s fantastic to see the manager being backed like this, as he’s certainly deserved it.

Hopefully, the club has more to announce in the coming days with plenty of work still to be done.

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