ANGE POSTECOGLOU is demanding his Celtic players who aren’t at the World Cup to travel to Sydney with the squad, despite some countries having some friendlies lined up.
Scotland were due to play Turkey, but the Celtic manager has told the players they’ll be travelling down under instead. It’s meaningless games for Scotland, so it’s understandable why Ange has taken this stance.
Ange confirmed that he won’t be releasing players such as Turnbull, Ralston, Taylor and Forrest, with Steve Clarke expected to announce his squad for the trip without any Celtic players in it on Wednesday.
As quoted by The Sun, The Celtic manager said;
“The international games coming up are not compulsory for us to release players.
“From our perspective, the Australian trip is an important part of our club and we want to take our strongest possible team.
“We will always be supportive of the national team and Steve Clarke has been great in terms of his relationship with the club.
“But all of our players who aren’t going to the World Cup will be coming with us.
“We’re obviously taking a team to Australia.
“People have bought tickets and want to see the best possible Celtic side there.
“Obviously we can’t take the players who are going to the World Cup, but we have obligations to the people who have spent the money that we go there with the strongest possible team and that’s what we’ll be doing.”
Celtic get the tournament underway next Thursday, playing Sydney FC before playing English side Everton on Sunday.
After the tournament, the Hoops will travel to Portugal as they prepare for the second half of the season, using the time off as a mini winter break.