What to expect at Celtic this week as club looks to push on

By David Walton

June 13, 2021

As Ange Postecoglou kick-starts his self-isolation period, all eyes turn to what Celtic will produce this week.

The new manager is in the door. But truthfully, that’s only step one of a long list of aims that needs to be completed by the start of the season next month. Part one of the rebuild is now in place, now it’s time for the club to keep moving on the rest of them.

The next major concern is who will be Postecoglou’s backroom staff. You have to expect some progress on this in the coming week. You would like to think that the new man’s staff will begin arriving. After all, anyone he wants from Australia or Japan will also have to self-isolate upon arrival. That means they’ll be out the games from 10 days after they come into the country.

Celtic won’t want to put this off much further. Even Postecoglou will miss the first couple of days of pre-season training due to the isolation period. Having his backroom team absent for a prolonged period afterward helps nobody.

Come the end of the week, if they aren’t already in place, it should become clearer who Postecoglou wants as part of his new regime. Further clarity on John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan, however, could have to wait until the manager is out of self-isolation.

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

More clarity on Postecoglou’s Celtic backroom team this week?

As for the Director of Football scenario, expect another week of frustration on that front. There’s been a flat out refusal from anyone at Celtic to even mutter the job title. You could even be forgiven for thinking that Celtic are having second thoughts about the decision.

When Postecoglou was announced, pending CEO Dominic McKay didn’t even mention it. That’s despite the fact he was said to be closing in on his appointment as many as three weeks ago [Daily Record]. Since then? Nothing. It comes across as though absolutely nothing is in the pipeline here.

After hearing McKay’s interview, I believe it’ll continue to remain quiet on that front. The sheer lack of acknowledgment it got was anything but ideal. I think, once again, come Friday, we’ll be sitting wondering where the club sees itself.

Dominic McKay at Celtic Park (Credit – Celtic FC)

As for player recruitment, expect some more clarity on Postecoglou’s targets. The manager himself is said to be spending his self-isolation period identifying new players for the club. Don’t be surprised if some of those come out in the open over the next week or so.

There isn’t a moment to lose as we look to regain our title from Rangers. With so many additions to the squad needed this summer, Postecoglou simply can’t rest. Don’t expect a period of quiet at Celtic for the next week to 10 days.

Come the end of this one, we’ll likely have more information on his regime and his summer transfer targets.

In other news, Celtic reportedly couldn’t trigger Martin Boyle’s release clause even if they wanted to.