Ange Postecoglou expects players to leave Celtic both permanently and on loan during the January transfer window as he looks to build his squad, via quotes by the Glasgow Times.
The Australian is not satisfied with the options he currently has available at Parkhead and wants to improve the depth. Postecoglou oversaw the arrivals an influx of talent during his first window at the Glasgow helm this summer, but would have preferred even more still.
Yet the Bhoys boss put a halt to his recruitment drive in order to not disrupt the harmony of his new squad too much, after taking up the vacant Hoops job to replace Neil Lennon.
Postecoglou also lost some of Lennon’s former stars with Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie leaving Celtic. Now, others will follow the trio out of Glasgow next month as circumstances for some players will have since changed.
“[The amount leaving] depends, some guys will be going on loan and some will be moving out,” Postecoglou explained. “That’s only natural as everything progresses.
“Some of that will depend on the players themselves and where they feel they are at. Circumstances change, and I expect some players will be moving on.
“I still think we need more, squad-wise we are not where we want to be. It’s only natural that we wouldn’t be. We’ve added 12 players and it would have been too much to bring in any more than that. I knew at the end of the transfer window that it still wasn’t enough.”
Postecoglou sends Celtic squad transfer message some will not like
Postecoglou’s message will likely not sit well with some in the Celtic squad currently on the fringes of his plans. They may have been hopeful of working their way up his pecking order, but their futures could now be elsewhere.
Postecoglou may also show Ismaila Soro the door in January after the 23-year-old fell down his Celtic pecking order. The midfielder featured in six of his first seven Premiership games in charge, but has only appeared once in seven fixtures since as an unused substitute.