Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou hints at busy week of transfer activity

By Euan Davidson

July 15, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has spoken about transfer activity at the club. With pre-season wrapping up, and FC Midtjylland to navigate next Tuesday night, there’s understandable anxiety about squad depth amongst the Bhoys’ support.

Particularly after last night. Celtic played out a goalless draw with Bristol City, with injuries to Vasilis Barkas, Ismaila Soro, Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele causing plenty of concern.

Postecoglou was, however, able to bring in Israeli international Liel Abada from Maccabi Petah Tikva [Celtic FC]. Asked whether the winger had been through a medical, Postecoglou said [Glasgow Times]:

“I’m not a doctor so I can’t talk about medicals.

“All I can confirm is Liel is here and we’re working hard on more.It’s good to get Leil in. He’s a good young player and who had a good season.

“I’ve been keen to add to our attacking options and he is one who has the attributes we are looking for when it comes to the type of football we want to play.

“He’s quick and exciting, and he scores goals. He will be up at Lennoxtown by Friday and we’ll see what kind of condition he’s in. I’m assuming he can hit the ground running.”

Then, perhaps even more intriguingly, Postecoglou added [Glasgow Times]:

“We’re working hard on others. The idea is to get them in as soon as we can, but the world is a complicated place at the moment. It’s not as easy as putting people on planes and they are here in a day.

“We’re working through it. I’m confident we will have more in the building in the next week or so.”

“More in the building”; Ange Postecoglou on Celtic transfer activity

Encouraging stuff. Clearly, Postecoglou isn’t going to put his cards on the table to the press, regarding how imminent a signing or two could be. However, the Greek-Aussie isn’t going to offer any bland sentiments to supporters, either.

Naturally, Celtic have been linked to countless players over recent weeks. The most likely to come through the door, in terms of reports, is Swedish international Carl Starfelt.

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Per Swedish outlet Expressen, the latest news seems to be that the centre-back has a medical booked, and has agreed personal terms with Celtic. A fee of £4.2m is believed to have been agreed between the Bhoys, and his current club, Rubin Kazan of Russia.

There’s also very solid talk regarding Rennes defenders Brandon Soppy and Sacha Boey. On Tuesday, the Herald reported that Celtic had bid £1m for Boey, a youth international who spent last season on loan at Dijon.

No doubt, this Celtic team needs additions. It looked thin before, and last night, our frailties in certain positions were exposed. It was only a friendly, but real concerns emerged.

Postecoglou is, in his own words, not a doctor. He’s a football manager. So he’ll be as determined as anyone to make his own imprint on the squad, in terms of personnel.

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