ANGE POSTECOGLOU isn’t actively looking to streamline the squad after the club brought three more players to the team in January.

Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Rangers vs Celtic – Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – January 2, 2023 Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou before the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

It leaves Celtic with a large squad, and some would argue too big a squad, but Postecoglou doesn’t share that concern. He doesn’t feel that there is a need to move players on, pointing out the need for a big squad, especially when competing on three fronts.

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, the Hoops manager also assured fans that taking such measures, bringing players in early and being proactive, means there will be no panic buys, a familiar term to Celtic fans. [Celtc TV]

By bringing in those key players early we are not really on tenterhooks for January. 

If we do happen to lose players, we are not scrambling about trying to replace them.

We‘ve got a strong squad which I‘m happy with and we can make our decisions about incomings or exits without the need for any sort of panic on our behalf. Our planning has always been that we try and get our business done early.

We are still active, I still think there is probably space for one more.

If noone exits through this window, that‘s fine. Yeah, we have got a big squad but we have already seen from our schedule that they can all contribute.

But if people do exit we are in a position where we have already covered those absences.”

Of course, it’s getting increasingly likely that Josip Juranovic and Giakoumakis will depart the club this January, with a couple of other fringe players possibly following suit. Therefore, it’s best to have players already at the club and settled in to prepare for the possibility of departures.


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