ANGE POSTECOGLOU’s second season in charge at Celtic will present very different challenges than his first.
When the Australian came to Glasgow this season, he was tasked with building a new look squad and bringing that squad together. Last summer, and even January, it was all about incomings. The likes of Edouard, Ajer and Christie were all earmarked to leave before Ange came in and there was an acceptance among the support that would happen.
Saying goodbye to players who had reached the end of their cycle at Celtic was hard but football moves on. The players we signed in the summer, on the whole, have been sensational.
The Celtic support had expectations of a title challenge, but the Hoops went one better and took the title back at the first time of asking.
The bhoys in green were so impressive, there was always going to be speculation or interest in some of our top performers. After a quiet start to the window in that respect, we now have speculation ramping up on our star right-back Josip Juranovic. There have been reports of widespread interest in the Croatian and Sky Sports dropping information today about Atletico Madrid’s interest in the player makes for concerning reading.
It’s why I say Ange’s second season will be much different, the Hoops boss now needs to manage the squad and transfer speculation surrounding some of his players. Keeping the harmony in the dressing room while also doing his best to shelter his star performers from the noise outside.
The transfer window doesn’t close until the end of August, there’s plenty of time for more stories, more twists and turns along the way.
Ange has gone on record saying he’ll never try to convince anybody to stay at Celtic, the manager believes Celtic speaks for itself.
We have a very exciting season ahead, Champions League football around the corner too as the club also look to retain their title.
Josip is a great character in the dressing room and he’s bought into Celtic well. The bhoys have to be confident of keeping the Croatian at the club and anyone else who has caught the attention of other clubs.
We have all these players tied up on medium to long term deals. The more we can push past the noise – the better.