Ange addresses Celtic January exit plans as big-money talents fail to make their mark

By Euan Davidson

December 2, 2021

Ange Postecoglou admits that it’s “natural” some outgoing Celtic transfers will happen in January.

The Hoops sold or moved on Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Leigh Griffiths (on loan), Ryan Christie and more in the summer. The composition of the squad is hugely different from the players Neil Lennon started 20-21 with.

12 new faces came in, and Ange Postecoglou says he needs more through the door. However, that will mean some players are surplus to requirements.

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Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas have been tipped for moves elsewhere, while young players like Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Scales could probably use first-team football.

The Celtic manager admitted he will be likely move some players on in the January transfer window. He said [Herald]:

“That depends, some guys will be going on loan and some will be moving out, that’s only natural as everything progresses.

“Some of that will depend on the players themselves and where they feel they are at.

“Circumstances change and I expect some players will be moving on.”

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Ange Postecoglou has had enough time to decide which outgoing Celtic transfers need to be made

Although Ange Postecoglou has had a reputation of being ruthless and unsentimental, he seems to be extremely popular at Lennoxtown. His players, by all accounts, adore him.

So, getting rid of some players might be a bit hard, but it’s a necessary part of the job. Postecoglou, an experienced manager, is well aware of that. Doesn’t mean it’s the nicest thing to have to do though.

The fact is, he’s been at Celtic long enough to be able to tell who’s of value to the first-team, and who isn’t.

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Players like Boli Bolingoli, and the aforementioned Ajeti and Barkas, were all comparatively expensive buys. By and large, they haven’t worked out. The club will almost certainly make a net loss on the trio.

Additions are important, sure; Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Fernando Henrique have all been prominently linked. But subtractions are arguably just as crucial. Postecoglou and Michael Nicholson need to box clever to get value from players who just haven’t cut it.

Or, secure loan moves that actually benefit the younger players.

It’s a tricky business, the world of Celtic transfers. But the recruitment done so far in Postecoglou’s term gives plenty of room for encouragement.

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