ANGE POSTECOGLOU has declared himself “pleased” with Celtic’s dealings in the transfer market that have set up the squad for the rigours ahead.
The Hoops boss is now looking forward to working with his players, especially when the international stars return from World Cup duty.
Skipper Callum McGregor is likely to be in action for Steve Clarke’s Scotland against Denmark in Copenhagen this evening and will be expected to play his part against Moldova at Hampden on Saturday and in Austria on Tuesday during an intriguing triple-header.
Spurs’ 23-year-old England-born US international central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was the last piece of the Hoops jigsaw in this window as he just managed to agree a season-long loan deal at the eleventh hour before the midnight deadline, as CQN reported.
HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Ange Postecoglou is putting his stamp on Celtic.
Postecoglou said: “Everyone at the club has worked hard on making really good progress in this window and I am really pleased with the depth of quality we have managed to deliver.
“I think the squad is in good shape for the challenges ahead and I look forward to get working as a unit with the whole squad together, as one, after the international break.”
The Greek-Australian added: “While so many players have come in, I would also like to thank the first-team guys who have moved on from Celtic, for their contribution to the club.
“Odsonne and Ryan are two players who have been fantastic for the club over a number of years. They wanted to look at new opportunities, I am sure they will continue to have very successful careers and I wish them well for the future.
IT TAKES TWO…Ange Postecoglou and chief executive Dom Mackay playing their part in the ‘new’ Celtic.
“I also wish Leigh well on his loan spell at Dundee, where I am sure he will get back into some important playing time.”
Chief Executive Dom McKay, speaking to the club website, added: “From the skill and experience the likes of Joe Hart and James McCarthy bring to the squad, to the flair of players like Kyogo and Liel Abada, this transfer window has been a busy period for the club with 12 new players joining Ange and our squad at Celtic.
“We have strengthened the squad in all areas of the pitch with international-level talent and, while naturally disappointed to see some faces head in the opposite direction, we wish them every success in their next ventures.”