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Postecoglou: Signings imminent | I won’t plead players to stay

Ange Postecoglou is optimistic Celtic will announce some new signings “in the next few days” as he insisted it was not his responsibility to convince wanted members of his squad to stay.

New signing Osaze Urhoghide made his debut on Saturday as Celtic ran out 2-1 winners against Charlton in the club’s second pre-season friendly win of their training camp in Wales.

The futures of Odsonne Edouard, who came on in the second half of the match in Newport, and Kristoffer Ajer remain uncertain, with one year remaining on the pair’s contracts at Celtic Park.

Speaking after the game, Postecoglou told reporters: “We are trying to get some players in and hopefully get some deals done.

“We need some players to come in because we lost a fair few from last year. It is not an easy process at the moment, but we are pushing hard and hopefully we will get some in the next few days.”

Postecoglou Signings imminent
Celtic have won their opening two pre-season friendlies under Postecoglou

Postecoglou is building his new side towards the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie against Midtjylland on July 20.

Asked if Celtic had received any bids for their players, Postecoglou said: “To be honest, I am not as focused on outgoings as I am on incoming. Incoming is where my pure focus is at the moment. I can’t control who leaves, what I can control and push for is to bring people in.”

The Greek-born Australian added: “I’m focused on a couple of key areas – working on the players we have here and trying to get players in.

“I guess it will come down to whether players want to be a part of this or not. Some may have already made their minds up, others will make their mind up as they go along.

“I am not here to plead our case at the moment. That is not the business I am in. If people want to be a part of it, I am happy to include them.”

Postecoglou insisted that bringing in another forward is not a priority, despite Leigh Griffiths leaving the training camp amid an ongoing investigation by Police Scotland over alleged improper online behaviour.

“We need players in a number of positions, it’s not just one,” he said. “Even looking at those who have gone from last season, purely on numbers, we need players.”

One player who appears to have a chance of a revival under Postecoglou at Celtic is midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

The French midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Marseille, saw a proposed move to AEK Athens collapse and made his first appearance of pre-season against Charlton.

“I had chats with him and he said he wanted to come back and make an impression this year,” the former Australia boss said.

“I take that at face value. He has been good at training.

“He is lacking a bit of match touch and fitness but he is part of the squad and hopefully he can make an impact this year.”

Postecoglou expects ‘significant change’ at Celtic

Ange Postecoglou has revealed he expects there to be “significant change” to his Celtic squad before the season starts, as he targets players that fit his style of football.

The 55-year-old, who was named as the club’s permanent successor to Neil Lennon last month, was speaking after Celtic’s 3-1 friendly victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Work is ongoing to identify and secure targets, but the former Australia national team coach remained tight-lipped on the the overhaul ahead of him.

Stephen Welsh during a Celtic training session


Stephen Welsh says the Celtic players have been impressed by Postecoglou’s methods as he introduces a more attacking style of football

“I think there will be significant change, only because there has been a pretty big turnover in players from last year,” Postecoglou told Sky Sports News.

“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.

“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.”

SNS - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: kristoffer Ajer makes it 3-0 to Celtic during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St Johnstone at Celtic Park on May 12, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
The future of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer remains uncertain

Club captain Scott Brown is among those to have left and the future of defender Kristoffer Ajer, who Postecoglou described as a “first-class professional and a fantastic player”, remains unresolved.

The 23-year-old has entered the final year of his contract and has been linked with moves to Norwich and Newcastle, while AC Milan were previously admirers.

“I am not really sure, I am not in control of that,” Postecoglou said.

“All I can do is the ones that are here right now and training with us, I treat them as part of the family, and then if some leave then they do.”

The friendly against Sheffield Wednesday was played behind closed doors at the Hoops’ training camp in Newport, with Postecoglou fielding two teams of mostly youngsters in total over the three periods of 30 minutes.

Former Rangers attacker Josh Windass opened the scoring for The Owls after only three minutes but Albian Ajeti levelled with a drive from 16 yards in the 33rd minute.

Owen Moffat, 19, drove in a second in the 77th minute from the edge of the box and French striker Odsonne Edouard added a third with an angled-drive in the final minute.

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