NEIL LENNON reckons Ange Postecoglou will utilise the transfer market as the Celtic manager plans to muscle in on Champions League glory.
The former Hoops boss reckons his long-term successor will beef up his squad after this season’s disappointment in Europe’s elite tournament.
Postecoglou watched his side fail to win in six outings against Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk. Beaten home and away by the Spaniards and Germans, the best the Scots could manage were 1-1 draws with the Ukrainians.
MAULED IN MADRID…Ange Postecoglou shows his consternation as Celtic go down 5-1 to the European champions in November last year.
It was an ill-fated adventure on the European front although Postecoglou is within 90 minutes of delivering the club’s eighth domestic treble when they take on Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday June 3.
Lennon is one of only four Celtic gaffers to have achieved the silverware feat along with Jock Stein, Martin O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers.
Postecoglou can add his name to that list with a triumph over the Highlanders, but the Northern Irishman reckons he will immediately switch his attention to getting his pool of players prepared for an assault on the European front as well as consolidating in Scotland.
CONSOLATION STRIKE…Filipe Jota celebrates his exquisite free-kick goal against Real Madrid.
Lennon, speaking to talkSPORT, said: “I think he will look to strengthen the squad. I think a few will be leaving, maybe looking to try to balance the books that way.
“But if he does get over the line with the treble, which would be a great success for him, you have got to look at participating strongly in the Champions League. He will want to do that.
“They have a good nucleus of a squad, but you saw the results in the Champions League, they were a little short.
“I think he will add a bit of physicality and a bit of quality to that.”