"Ongoing"; Ange Postecoglou's latest on Celtic deals for Jota & Carter-Vickers

By John McGinley

April 9, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that discussions are ongoing regarding the permanent acquisitions of Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

However, it doesn’t sound like we’ll hear much on that front while Celtic still have silverware to fight for.

Both players are currently key members of the manager’s starting eleven and Postecoglou doesn’t think they’ll be taking their eye off the ball to be concerned about their contract situations.

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As quoted by The Scotsman, he said: “The last thing in their minds is next year as they see the possibilities of what we can do this year. Michael [Nicholson, CEO] is in charge of that aspect, the discussions are ongoing. For all of us, I guarantee you that if we continue like we are with our success this year then nobody is going to be unhappy.”

Meanwhile, Postecoglou has insisted that he is the one who signs off on signings, even if he receives heavy support from other staff at the club.

On recruitment in general, he told the paper: “If I’m the one sitting here answering questions then it’s only right I’m the one making the decisions. That doesn’t mean I’m doing everything on my own. I rely on a hell of a lot of good people to give me information, provide resources and allow me to make the best decisions.

“Yeah the recruitment has been great, yeah they were my choices. But I’m doing that on the back of people’s support, information and good resources.”

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Postecoglou has made it quite clear he’d love both Jota and Carter-Vickers to stay if they are willing. The nature of their situations means it’s natural for Nicholson to take the lead on negotiations.

Celtic have options to buy both players but that doesn’t mean the players themselves will necessarily commit to the Bhoys – contracts will have to be agreed.

It’s a process that won’t be solved overnight.

Both of them haven’t been distracted by it all so far. Carter-Vickers was especially impressive against Rangers, so I’m not sweating any of this at all.

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