Ange Postecoglou's latest Celtic transfer comments are very telling

By John McGinley

July 29, 2021

Ange Postecoglou cut a frustrated figure after last night’s Celtic defeat to Midtjylland in the Champions League second qualifying round.

Pushing back on a verdict of ‘catastrophic’, Postecoglou was nonetheless clearly not happy with exiting the European competition so early.

Understandably so, of course.

It was his comments on trying to get players in the door that were most intriguing for supporters.

The manager seemed to suggest he was having a hard time convincing people inside the club that his squad is as threadbare as it so obviously is.

Speaking to Clyde 1, Postecoglou said: “I still think it’s my responsibility. I’m the person that’s been put in charge. We haven’t got players in.

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“Obviously I haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we need to bring people in. I’m not going to shy away from that. I don’t say that because I’m some kind of martyr, I just think that’s my responsibility and that’s why I was brought in. I’m trying to be as forceful as I can about what we need to bring in.

“The challenges we’ve had are well chronicled but we still need players. Irrespective of the result tonight, we still need reinforcements, that’s evident. We had a really young squad out there, young players on the bench, it’s not the situation we need to be in.”

Pretty grim stuff if you are a Celtic fan who has weighed in another £500 for the season. How can the club not understand the urgency of the situation? Who is holding things up on the recruitment side?

Postecoglou spoke last week about a three ‘Plan A’ concurrent signing plan, but so far we’ve not seen the fruits of that in key positions such as right-back and goalkeeper.

FC Midtjylland 2-1 Celtic (AET) | LIVE Reaction

FC Midtjylland 2-1 Celtic (AET) | LIVE Reaction

There’s constant talk of things being close, but close doesn’t count when it comes to our situation at the moment. We need players in the door, through quarantine, in the squad and training with the manager.

Some people have taken these comments to mean Postecoglou is going to war with the board. That’s far too melodramatic. More likely the manager is just signalling the reality of his situation. Not everything is a fight for control or a drama.

Still, I do think the comments are telling about Celtic’s inaction this summer. Somwhere along the line we’re not quite working as efficiently as we need to be.

This needs fixed very, very quickly, or an even sterner Postecogolou could emerge.

In other news, Celtic find a new home on USA television; deal with CBS announced.