"There weren't a lot of discussions"; Celtic clear up January saga

By John McGinley

January 14, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has insisted Celtic negotiations with Riley McGree didn’t go very far once it became apparent he was weighing up his options with different clubs on leaving Charlotte FC.

McGree was reported by The Daily Record to be an imminent Celtic signing earlier this week, but Postecoglou has insisted there weren’t a lot of discussions with the Australian international.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail [14/01 print edition, page 93], the Bhoys boss cleared up the entire saga by saying: “It’s not just one party who decided not to go ahead. We decided not to go ahead as well. Because for me what’s most important is they want to come here. There are plenty of footballers who would love to come to this football club. They are the ones I’m looking for.

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“It’s an indication for me that this isn’t the right place for him. It works both ways. I only want players who want to be here. I won’t try and convince any player to come and sign for this football club.

“If they can’t see the opportunities that exist here then they’re probably not worth talking to, from my perspective. ‘With Riley McGree there weren’t a lot of discussions. There was a bit of interest but, when it’s clear to me that they don’t want to come to us, it’s fine. We don’t progress it from there.”

It’s typically honest stuff from Ange.

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Middlesbrough confirmed McGree’s signing tonight but these comments should ease the concerns of Celtic supporters. The manager only needs players in his squad who are hungry for Celtic success.

Anyone else need not apply, regardless of ability or potential. McGree obviously has other ideas for his career and that’s fine.

Celtic move on with a fine line-up of attacking midfielders that I’m looking forward to seeing in action against Hibs on Monday night.

In other news, Class Lennoxtown update as McGregor shares what Celtic have been working on during break.