There were many things in last summer’s transfer window that went well for Celtic.
Ange Postecoglou was given the freedom to sign up to 11 players in a bid to revolutionize the squad in the face of the necessary overhaul. Celtic would then go on to win the league, having added several more to the pool in January.
However, en route to Champions League qualifying last year, Ange expressed frustration at the hesitancy of our transfer work in mid-July. Although we would eventually add a large number of players, only Liel Abada from the summer recruits could play against Midtjylland. And that clearly frustrated Ange, who said the following, as quoted by the Daily Record:
“We probably hesitated a few times and could have moved faster on some things. That didn’t help us. Under normal circumstances, these processes are fairly straightforward. Get a player, sign them, take them on a plane, take a picture and away you go.
“This process now takes two to three weeks. Here we have to be a little more precise, understand that there will be delays and move a little faster.”
So far this summer, Celtic have secured the permanent signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers. However, there are no other new additions.
Ange Postecoglou is looking for faster deals this summer
Admittedly we don’t have a UCL qualification as the Bhoys qualify straight into the competition this season. However, Ange has already made it clear that he wants signings before the pre-season starts next week [The Scotsman].
From today’s perspective, it would be surprising to see many in the door by then. Speculations about the likes of Benjamin Siegrist and Alexandro Bernabei have been heating up, but nothing is imminent just yet.
We know the Celtic boss likes to close deals as early as possible. He doesn’t particularly like the idea of waiting until the last minute. Take January, for example, when he didn’t sign a single contract after Matt O’Riley arrived on the 22nd.
It will be the same this summer. Ange won’t want to get too deep into preseason, and certainly not into the competitive campaign, without having managed to bag the vast majority of his signings. Hesitation on transfers is something he won’t accept 12 months later.
Celtic, of course, have a new chief executive in Michael Nicholson. Not to mention a new recruitment director for Mark Lawwell. So in terms of personnel, something has certainly changed compared to last year in terms of player acquisition. Whether this will lead to a change in approach remains to be seen.
Nicholson in particular impressed in January with the quick arrivals of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi respectively. Ange will be looking for quick work in the shop window again. The more preparation time he gets with his new signings, the easier the integration phase will be for them.
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