Celtic, as expected, have a bit of momentum behind them now with the appointment of Ange Postecoglou confirmed.
The confirmation of the new manager leaves the Celtic support breathing a massive sigh of relief. Whilst question marks still remain over his ability to achieve success here, at the very least we have our man.
Now, the club can finally press ahead with its future plans for the season ahead. The rebuild has been waiting long enough, with Postecoglou stating that the recruitment planning is already well underway [Celtic Website].
It’s vital that Celtic continue to build on the momentum gained by Postecoglou’s announcement. Fans are getting behind the new man, but there’s not elation by any stretch. The supporters don’t want to let the board off the hook that easy, and rightly so. They want to see more with regards to what this rebuild is going to look like.
In order to get through our next stage quickly, Celtic could do with making one or two of these announcements in the coming days.
Celtic appoint Postecoglou; next up the backroom staff and Director of Football
Either one of these should be the next goal. It had been reported by the Scottish Sun that the new manager was going to be adding to his backroom team in the coming weeks. However, who does he have his eye on? Can a deal be done quickly to bring them to Parkhead? If so, we can’t be waiting for the Parkhead grass to grow.
The sooner the Celtic support know what Postecoglou’s backroom team looks like, the sooner we can have a clearer vision of what lies in store for us. The more research we can do into each individual and see what they offer the club.
The same goes with what Celtic and Postecoglou do regarding the futures of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan. If they’re sticking around, why and in what capacity? Will he instead bring in Yokohama assistant Shaun Ontong? Just because Postecoglou is in the door, it doesn’t mean the questions have stopped.
No reason for Celtic to hold back
Secondly, the club could really do with wrapping up their move for a Director of Football this week. Disappointingly but not surprisingly, there was no update on this from pending CEO Dominic McKay. Normally, a DoF would be helping to choose the new manager. The fact ours hasn’t suggests his remit will be different to that of a regular sporting director.
Even so, McKay was said to be close to his appointment over two weeks ago. However, the Daily Record claimed that the installation of a new manager took priority. That’s now been finalised, so that should allow us to press on to bring in our new DoF.
Celtic can’t truly start their player rebuild without that vacancy being filled. Then again, are we even pressing ahead to bring one in? That’ll be the concern in the back of everyone’s mind. But by all accounts we were close to bringing him in two weeks ago, why not push ahead with the announcement soon?
Both of these are issues that Celtic can’t avoid. Clarity is needed on both fronts, and the sooner we get the information released to the media and the public, the more momentum we can generate as our rebuild starts to take shape.