Ange Postecolgou has just been announced as Celtic’s new manager. In an exclusive interview with Celtic TV, Ange revealed he was keen to produce homegrown talent and he was looking forward to having a look at the players coming through the ranks.
“I am a big believer that if you can produce homegrown talent and players that have come through the club for the players themselves there is an extra meaning to representing the football club and even for the supporters, they see one of their own out there”
This already is showing promise to fans. Last season, the support grew frustrated as the same underperforming players were fielded week after week. Celtic had no right-sided winger for the majority of last season, and instead of calling up hot prospect Karamoko Dembele, players were used out of position.
Despite an impressive pre-season for Irishman Luca Connell, he couldn’t get game time – not even from the bench – so was shipped off to League 2 side Queens Park on loan.
Ange later says;
“I want to get really involved with the academy process and see where they are at. They have produced fantastic footballers in their time my job is to give them the opportunity and as I said to make them realise their potential. For me age is irrelevant, it is about players that are ambitious.”
This is the correct mindset for any manager, but especially a Celtic manager. In a market where clubs such as Celtic can’t afford to buy superstars, they should make them themselves. Celtic have shown how good their academy can be in recent times, Kieran Tierney, James Forrest, and Callum McGregor have all came through the academy in recent years.
This is also good news for players currently out on loan, they know that when they return this summer the manager will be keen to give them their chance in this upcoming season.
Good luck to Ange.