ANGE POSTECOGLOU expects “significant” change in his Celtic squad before the start of the season.
The new boss watched two Hoops teams perform over the period of 90 minutes during the 3-1 closed-doors friendly win over Sheffield Wednesday in Newport yesterday, as CQN reported.
Postecoglou is in the process of changing the side’s style of play and has targeted players who will fit into his system.
The 55-year-old former Australia international manager, who took over from Neil Lennon who departed in February, admitted: “I think there will be significant change, only because there has been a pretty big turnover in players from last year.
“A lot of players have left and we need to bring in some and whenever that happens I think that is significant change.
“Also, we will probably play a little bit differently to what they have played in the past, so whether it is a rebuild or just a shift in direction it will be significant change, for sure.”
Postecoglou, however, remained tightlipped when asked about players coming into the club while there are reports Odsonne Edouard, who netted the third goal against the Yorkshire club, Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie on their way to the exit while skipper Scott Brown left at the end of his contract last month.
The Athens-born gaffer, speaking to Sky Sports News, answered: “I’m not talking to anyone, we have got multiple targets and there’s a lot of names being thrown around.
“From my perspective, it’s more about making sure that we do bring in some players who can play the football that I want over the next period and the club are working awfully hard to make that happen.”
Norwegian defender Ajer, who has already stated he wants to leave and has been linked with a £12million switch to Premier League new boys Norwich City, is highly rated by the coach who claims he is a “first-class professional and a fantastic player”.
But the 23-year-old international’s future is unclear and Postecoglou admitted: “I am not really sure, I am not in control of that.
“All I can do is the ones who are here right now and training with us, I treat them as part of the family, and then if some leave then they do.”
Callum McGregor and his Scotland team-mates could get a run-out against Charlton on Saturday afternoon as the new boss prepares his squad for the first leg of the Champions League second round against FC Midtyjlland a week on Tuesday.