Rumours are exciting but Postecoglou's no-rush approach to Celtic moves is correct

By Euan Davidson

October 22, 2021

The upcoming transfer window might be hard work for Ange Postecoglou, but for Celtic supporters? It’s an exciting time.

No, really. It is. In the fleeting moments from recent years when we haven’t had our best players linked elsewhere, it’s gripping. Picking out names, wondering how they might gel into the team, what they can bring. Especially in the case of more recent speculation.

There’s something in the unknown, regarding Fernando Henrique. We haven’t dove into the Brazilian market since the ill-fated Celtic career of Rafael ‘Nominative Determinism’ Scheidt. What he could bring to the Bhoys midfield is legitimately interesting.

Meanwhile today, talk of Daizen Maeda is particularly exciting. He’s rapid, he scores a lot of goals, and Postecoglou would be potentially signing him for the second time in his managerial career.

When addressing transfer speculation, though, Postecoglou attempted to curb our enthusiasm somewhat.

Postecoglou said [Celtic FC, 07.26]:

“It could be a long three months, me neither confirming nor denying about players coming. I’ve already said we obviously are looking to strengthen the squad in January, and we will.

“So we’ve started that process. The difference being we’re in no rush. I want to see how certain players develop. We’ve still got players who are just beginning their Celtic careers.

“I really want to see how they develop over the next month or two before we make any key decisions about who we bring in.

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“Whatever business we do in January, I know it won’t be as sort of chaotic as it was in the last window.”

It is only October, after all. And it’s probably for the best, because in many cases, we haven’t really seen what our summer signings are all about yet.

There are outliers like Abada, Kyogo, Jota and Joe Hart who all flew out the gate. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt are starting to gel and get clean sheets. Liam Scales is an exciting prospect, while James McCarthy, Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw all still need more opportunities.

Meanwhile, there are youngsters waiting in the wings. So, don’t expect a mad trolley dash. Instead, it’s going to be a considered, methodical approach. That’s definitely for the best.

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In a sense, given that we’ve had 12 players come in, it’s almost greedy to ask for more. But the Ange Revolution will require more investment, and there are areas to improve, for sure.

But it’s still very, very early on. This weekend will only be the tenth round of fixtures in the Scottish Premiership, and we’ve had two international breaks.

The point being, rushing to bring in a raft of new players is undoubtedly the wrong approach. Rushing anything, at this stage, is folly when there are still so many variables and unknowns in the squad.

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Yes, new players and transfer speculation is exciting. Of course it is, it’s an industry unto itself. The hypothetical XIs, what certain players could do for the team, what it would mean tactically, that’s all very worthy discussion.

But for the manager and the staff around him, it’s about being precise. We’ve seen managers before try to add too many ingredients at once, with scatter-gun recruitment that’s gone awry.

Postecoglou knows that acutely. Quality is the priority now, not quantity.

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