Kenny Dalglish reckons Postecoglou could lose Celtic players before he gains any

By John McGinley

June 13, 2021

Kenny Dalglish reckons Celtic could sell players before buying any in, despite the short timeframe between now and European qualifiers.

Ange Postecoglou’s first interview with Celtic brought the admission that the Greek-Australian had Dalglish posters on his wall as a kid.

Perhaps he’ll be taking a keen interest in what his former idol has to say then.

Dalglish has taken a pretty positive tone to the 55-year-old’s appointment. However, he has stressed that the new manager needs a lot of time.

He also reckons we may not be getting an influx of new talent quite yet.

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Speaking to The Sunday Post [13/06 print edition, Post Match supplement page 12), the Celtic legend said: “He might not yet be in the building, but he will be already working hard, and I’m sure he will have had many Zoom calls with the existing coaches, John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan, about the squad.

“He will also have had, and will continue to have, numerous conversations with new chief executive, Dom Mckay, and the club hierarchy.

“Despite the fact he was a left-field appointment, Ange has received plenty of positive publicity, and he has also spoken very well and been respectful and knowledgeable about Celtic and their history.

“It’s about what he does from now on that’s important, and he’ll want to create new heroes for the Celtic support to replace outgoing ones, such as Scott Brown and, possibly, Odsonne Edouard, if he is sold.

“It could well be he loses a couple of players before he has brought any new ones in. Whatever happens, he must be given time. Steven Gerrard was given three years to win the Premiership title.”

Celtic still haven’t communicated any strategy beyond Postecoglou appointment

The appointment of Postecoglou was long overdue and very welcome. But the club needs to follow it up with proper communication on the strategy next season and how they’ll go about rebuilding this team.

If we have to sell Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer, so be it. Tell us. Assure us fees will be reinvested. Tell us about the scouting that has been done. Give us something to hang our hat on.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

Letting them walk out the door before qualifiers, without any incoming transfers and the usual gloomy silence, will simply not go down well with supporters.

Fans can accept reality but we aren’t buttoned up the back. Celtic would do well to remember that or could well find themselves at risk of turning cash-paying supporters off completely.

In other news, Mat Ryan can solve Celtic’s goalkeeping trust issue.