Ange Postecoglou Celtic transfer warning to players is also a promise to supporters

By John McGinley

March 13, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has insisted that if he feels any player is getting too comfortable at the club, he’ll simply go out and sign someone else in their position.

The interesting comments come as Celtic launch a late assault on more silverware this season – the Bhoys are three points ahead at the top of the Premiership and have a chance to move into another semi-final tomorrow night.

Postecoglou wants every player in his squad to be happy they are at the club and, if they’re not, they’ll be shown the door.

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Speaking to The Scotsman, the Bhoys boss said: “I assume players get their happiness from winning things and being part of something successful. I don’t expect them to be walking around with smiles on their faces and singing a tune if they are not playing. I want them to be disappointed and determined to break in, as long as they don’t use that in a negative way.

“At the moment, training is really competitive and at a great level because they want to play and be a part of it – they don’t want to miss out. They are disappointed if they miss out, but what they do with that disappointment is come back to training the next day and try to show me they are ready to go should they get called up. That’s the important thing.

“If a player is not happy with their situation here, they have choices they can make. But always understand that you can go to another club, play every week, and never win anything. If you want to be at a big club and fighting for trophies every year, then you have to be prepared to be competing for your spot every week.

“There won’t be a moment while I’m here that any player will feel comfortable. If they are comfortable, I will sign another player to play in their position to make sure they are at their absolute best. That’s my role and that’s what they want me to do – keep pushing them to be the best they can be.”

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Even though he’s about nine months into the job, Postecoglou is still sending messages to his players and to the Celtic supporters. This is about the manager setting standards at the club that players must live up to.

We know the Australian picks his words very carefully and speaks honestly in the press, so clearly, he wants his squad to know that anything can be on the table even in times of success.

They have to have the burning hunger for the day-to-day fight at Lennoxtown, nevermind in matches. That’s clearly the environment that Postecoglou thinks breeds success.

Let’s hope it pays off in the final handful of games this season.

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