The 2022 summer transfer difference that Celtic fans will need to be patient with
There have been a number of differences in this summer’s transfer window in comparison to Ange Postecoglou’s arrival in 2021.
The Celtic manager joined the club under difficult conditions this time last year, having to take the Hoops through a massive rebuild.
Of course, in the end, all went well for the Bhoys, with Postecoglou bringing 12 new recruits in the summer before adding a further five in the January window, eventually leading to a league and cup double last season.
The summer of 2022 has been a much calmer transfer window. However, Ange Postecoglou has still had plenty of work to do.
He may not have faced the same challenges as last year. But, he has had plenty of new ones to take on in preparation for the 2022/23 campaign.
One of the biggest challenges that Celtic fans might need to be patient with for the new few months is the context surrounding some of our new arrivals.
When new players such as Kyogo Furuhashi and Carl Starfelt, to name just a few, came through the doors at Parkhead, there was an expectation that these new signings would be ready to go right away.
And that is exactly what happened, with many of Ange Postecoglou throwing them straight into the action and performing on a weekly basis.
This potentially could have led to a change in mentality from the Celtic supporters when it comes to the expectations of new arrivals under the 56-year-old.
For players such as Alexandro Bernabei, some patience is needed, in my opinion, before we get to see his full potential as a Celtic player.
We have seen from his early performances in pre-season that there is talent there in the left-back. However, at this stage of his career, it is very raw, and he still has a lot of learning to do.
Bernabei is working under the perfect coach to learn more and maximise his full potential, with Postecoglou showing in the past his ability to develop players.
So, at this moment in time, it feels a little unlikely that the left-back will hit the ground running straight from the off against Aberdeen this Sunday.
Thankfully, the Celtic manager has built a strong squad, which will allow Bernabei to continue developing before challenging for a first-team spot alongside Greg Taylor.
After such a brilliant first season in the dugout at Parkhead, Ange Postecoglou has more than earned the trust of the Celtic support.
So, for now, we must be patient and trust that young signings such as Bernabei will come good with time, which is a major change when you compare to what we were dealing with this time last year.