ANGE POSTECOGLOU has proved since his arrival in June 2021 that he doesn’t hang around in the transfer market.
The new Celtic manager had barely walked through the Parkhead front door when he kicked off his remarkable transformation of the first-team squad.
In came the likes of Carl Starfelt, Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi within a month and the whirlwind of activity continued through until the window closed at the end of business at midnight on August 31 when Cameron Carter-Vickers agreed a season-long loan from Spurs.
It restarted with a fair bit of vigour in January when the J-League trio of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi were unveiled on the first day of 2022 and Matt O’Riley also joined in a £1.5million move from third-tier MK Dons.
Postecoglou has emphasised his urgency to continue to evolve again since first whistle of this campaign.
THREE FOR THE ROAD…Callum McGregor is the solitary surviving Celt from the four players celebrating the champions’ second goal in the 3-1 win over Ross County in Dingwall in August. Giorgos Giakoumakis, Moritz Jenz and Josip Juranovic all moved on within five months.
Take a look at this image captured by CQN‘s snapper in the champions’ 3-1 league win over Ross County in Dingwall on August 6 last year.
Four Celtic players are celebrating one of the goals against the Highlanders.
Remarkably, only ONE – captain Callum McGregor – is still at the club.
Giorgos Giakoumakis, Mortiz Jenz and Josip Juranovic join in the delight after the on-loan German’s debut strike – the second – against Malky Mackay’s team in the second league game of the season.
NOW YOU SEE ME NOW YOU DON’T…Oliver Abildgaard had a quickfire stop at Celtic on way to Italy.
The trio moved on during the January transfer window with the Greek striker sold to MLS outfit Atlanta United, the Croatian World Cup right-back to Bundesliga club Union Berlin while the central defender saw his season-long temporary transfer scrapped early as he also moved to Germany with Schalke.
Oliver Abildgaard joined the Hoops later in August from Rubin Kazan, but the Danish midfielder failed to impresse and his loan deal was also cut short as he moved onto Italian team Hellas Verona.
While those players moved out, Postecoglou was introducing Canada international defender Alistair Johnston, South Korean hitman Oh Hyeon-gyu and Japanese duo midfielder Tomaki Iwata and centre-back Yuki Kobayashi.
As the manager’s mantra points out: WE. NEVER. STOP.