The December comments from Ange Postecoglou that are now set to pay off big for Celtic

By David Walton

June 16, 2022

Back in December, Ange Postecoglou made it pretty clear what he thought about the Celtic loan deals he sanctioned last summer.

The arrivals of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota both led to a terrific season for both the club and the individuals. The former has already sealed a permanent switch whilst the latter will hopefully do the same in the coming weeks.

That forward-thinking has now led to Celtic being in a fantastic position as we enter the summer window. Temporary fixes are now a thing of the past under Ange and, again, that was something that was made clear as far back as December.

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Back then, Ange was asked about the future of CCV in particular. This was his response as quoted by the Herald:

“I wouldn’t have brought him in if I thought it was just a short-term thing. 

“All the players we have brought in we have done so with some thought around building a team. Building a team means more than just 12 months. But as I said a lot of that depends on the player himself.”

Celtic no longer reliant on temporary fixes and it’s put us in a great position

The above comments showed exactly where Ange stood on short-term deals. They were only ever something that he would want to pull off if he had a plan to buy the player outright at the end of the window.

That’s why both Jota and CCV had option-to-buy clauses in their loan contracts. Ange simply wouldn’t have been interested if there was no chance of keeping them.

After all, what use would that have truly been to a manager who’s sole focus is on building a squad to compete for the long-term. Yes, there will be an evolution of that squad over time, but nobody is going to be given an opportunity here if they just see it as a good chance to get some exposure for a year. They’ll need to buy into Ange’s methods.

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Of the players linked with the club this summer, only one has been speculated as being a loan move. That being Manchester City’s Taylor Harwood-Bellis [Sky Sports]. The rest have all been linked as permanent moves.

That’s no surprise whatsoever given Ange has absolutely zero interest in short-termism. No longer are we signing 4 loan players every summer without option-to-buys being in their deals. It’s part of the reason there’s next to no uncertainty at the club this summer.

Ange made it clear in December that he isn’t interested in short-term deals. Now, Celtic are set to reap the rewards of that approach.

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