ANGE POSTECOGLOU admits he has been “a bit unfair” with his Celtic signings.
The Hoops boss has spent around £14million on five new players during his urgently-required squad rebuild after last season’s wretched trophyless campaign.
Neil Lennon’s successor has brought in goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Carl Starfelt, midfielder James McCarthy, winger Liel Abada and striker Kyogo Furuhashi.
Kristoffer Ajer has led several fringe players, including Olivier Ntcham, Jack Hendry and Vakoun Issouf Bayo, through the Parkhead exit in a whirlwind few weeks.
NEW BHOYS…Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi celebrate the Japanese striker’s hat-trick against Dundee.
Postecoglou has been working overtime as he reshapes his pool and acknowledged he has been forced to introduce some recruits earlier than he would have preferred.
The Greek-Australian gaffer said: “I’ve kind of thrown them in and it’s been a bit unfair. It puts them under the spotlight right away.
“But they’ve all coped remarkably well. Abada, Kyogo, Carl and Joe, they’ve all been thrown in and really embraced what we are all about.
“We want to be a brave team and make brave decisions and they have been helped by the ones already here.
“Cal (McGregor) has been unbelievable as a leader, to make sure they feel comfortable and feel part of it.
“It hasn’t been ideal the way we’ve put them in, but they’ve coped with it.”
SWEDE DREAMS…Carl Starfelt just before his debut against Hearts.
Swedish central defender Carl Starfelt only met his new team-mates 24 hours earlier before he was pitched in for the Premiership opener against Hearts at Tynecastle the following evening where the side lost 2-1 to a late John Souttar goal.
Japanese frontman Kyogo was introduced as a substitute for a cameo role at Tynecastle after arriving in Scotland that day.
Similarly, Joe Hart made his debut in the 4-2 Europa League qualifying victory over Lubonec in the Czech Republic 48 hours after completing his £1million switch from Spurs.
The signs are things are beginning to click into place in time for the visit of Robbie Neilson’s Edinburgh outfit for the League Cup opener tomorrow afternoon.
Reflecting on three consecutive successes with the team collecting 13 goals, Postecoglou, speaking to the Glasgow Times, added: “It builds the belief. That’s the kind of team we want to be – an aggressive, attacking side that scores goals.
“In the last game, it was Kyogo and Ryan Christie who got the headlines, the other night it was David Turnbull and James Forrest. Tommy Rogic was outstanding.
“It’s good we have multiple threats. That’s the kind of thing we want to keep developing and improving.”