Supporters are about to see the real Ange Postecoglou's Celtic
Taking Ange Postecoglou at his word, everyone currently part of the Celtic squad wants to be at the club.
The manager made it clear earlier this summer that any player who was not wholly committed to his project at the Bhoys would be moved on.
Ultimately that has resulted in the departure of Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard, both of whom left on deadline day.
Despite being in contract talks with the club, Christie decided his future lay elsewhere, while Edouard finally got a move that he is rumoured to have wanted for well over a year.
Given their natural talent and application in training, as well as matches, Postecoglou relied on both throughout the summer to get Celtic through a difficult period.
Now though, the manager has a core group at the club that is of his making. Most of the starters are now his players and I reckon we’re about to see the real version of the manager’s team going forward.
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New signings such as Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jota and Giorgos Giakoumakis aren’t here to sit on the sidelines. For my money, they will push out fringe players from the previous era and give this team further fresh hunger in addition to what previous summer signings have brought.
Again, I think there could be a few bumps in the road. Postecoglou is still in a state of building a finished product, rather than having one to rely on.
However, I am convinced every performance before the next international break will be full of commitment, desire and attacking intent. The uncertainty of the last couple of months has gone.
Celtic have some difficult matches on the horizon including a trip to Real Betis and tough matches away to Livingston and Aberdeen.
But this current break has come at the perfect time for the squad, the manager and our plans for the rest of the season. Sitting on a defeat at Ibrox isn’t ideal, but the club needed this period to take stock and pull together a squad that is still in flux.
The truly difficult part of the season, I think, is over. We’re now about to see the real measure of this team and the fruits of the manager’s labour over the summer months.
In other news, Cameron Carter-Vickers rejected Serie A move to join Celtic.