The big responsibility and test Celtic board are now facing
Last summer Celtic faced a huge test with the rebuild the club underwent.
It was very much a period of transition for the club, with the arrival of Ange Postecoglou, the departure of several key players, and 12 new additions being signed in the transfer window.
Despite the many challenges faced by the board last summer, this year’s transfer window could prove to be even more important. We have to strive to reach another level.
Ange Postecoglou and his side are closing in on Champions League football for the first time since the 2017/18 season. Along with the chance to play against some of the best teams in the world comes a huge financial benefit for the club.
Celtic will be in line to make upwards of £30 million just from being involved in the competition, should the team go on to win the league as expected.
I am sure the Celtic board will be delighted with this achievement, but it is time to show how they have improved from previous years in a similar position.
It has been a frustration to many Celtic fans over the years that the club has chosen to stand still when it comes to European qualification.
There are countless examples of the summer recruitment being based on the possibility of Champions League qualification through the early qualifying rounds – they do not have this excuse anymore.
Postecoglou will now likely be preparing a side that will enter the competition directly in the group stages.
So, the Celtic board must act and show their improvements by backing the 56-year old to build the squad he is looking for this summer.
Of course, there are limitations as to how much we will be able to compete with the vast finances of other teams across Europe. Everyone understands the realities of modern football.
However, it is crucial we now kick on from a position of strength under Postecoglou, who has shown what he can do in his first season in charge after a brilliant campaign. Back the manager and we should be rewarded.
It is time for the board to show what they are made of as they get set to face arguably one of the biggest tests in recent years. They have the time and resources to build something special at Celtic.
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