Reliable reporter Alan Nixon has hinted that Ange Postecoglou isn’t having the final say on Celtic’s transfer dealings.
The Lowdown: A summer rebuild ahead?
Postecoglou touched down in Glasgow on Wednesday and appears to have a busy month before his first competitive game in charge against FC Midtjylland next month.
The likes of Diego Laxalt, Jonjoe Kenny and Mohamed Elyounoussi have all returned to their parent clubs following their loan spells, while Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard have all been linked with summer exits.
That could leave Postecoglou needing multiple bodies through the door over the coming weeks, but Nixon feels he may not be identifying targets at Celtic Park.
The Latest: Nixon’s tweet
“Managers don’t pick players any more…”
This message followed a comment that the club currently have ‘nobody‘ to pick players, perhaps implying the vacant Director of Football role needs to be filled.
The Verdict: Who would be if Postecoglou wasn’t?
Celtic are yet to appoint a DoF, with talks with Fergal Harkin failing to materialise in a Parkhead switch.
New CEO Dominic McKay met Postecoglou in Glasgow yesterday, so if the new boss isn’t making transfer calls, as Nixon has hinted, it could have to be McKay until a DoF arrives.
However, you’d expect Postecoglou will be having plenty of input in possible additions, and he’ll need plenty of signings relatively quickly, should several Hoops players depart.
Mat Ryan is one player who Postecoglou knows well and Celtic are thought to be preparing a package for the goalkeeper, so the 55-year-old may well have asked the Hoops board to make a move for the Aussie.
In other news: Hoops register interest in South American ace, find out more here.
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