Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has dropped a behind the scenes update regarding his plans at Parkhead.
In recent comments cited by 67hailhail, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss revealed that, rather than simply investing in his playing squad come the January transfer window, he is also hoping to improve the club’s scouting and recruitment process, as well as bringing a number of new faces in behind the scenes in order to better identify potential transfer targets.
Speaking about the club’s January plans, Postecoglou said: “There’s no doubt going into January we still have some work to do with the playing roster, particular in terms of depth in certain areas.
“In terms of the structure around here, we still need some work around our recruiting and our scouting department. That will be the next focus for me to make sure we get the right people in that area.
“That’s probably the one area where football is changing rapidly – the information that is out there and how you get that information and how you use that information, particularly around scouting. That’s the next step for me in terms of January.”
Considering just how poor Celtic’s recruitment has been in recent years, the news that Postecoglou is looking to heavily invest in improving the club’s scouting and recruitment processes is sure to leave Bhoys fans buzzing.
Indeed, since the summer of 2019 alone, Celtic have spent £3.01m on Boli Bolingoli, £4.5m on Vasilios Barkas, £4.95m on Albian Ajeti and paid Brighton & Hove Albion £1.98m to loan Shane Duffy, deals which set the club back a whopping £14.44m – before even taking into account the wages of each player.
And, considering the fact that it has been reported that Postecoglou will look to move all three of these permanent signings on in January, no doubt for a substantial loss, it is clear that Celtic’s current approach to recruitment simply is not working.
As such, the news that the 56-year-old is hoping to restructure the way Celtic approach the transfer market is undeniably good news for everyone involved with the club, as not only will it help the Bhoys to sign players who fit into the Greek-Australian manager’s philosophies, it will also save the Hoops a considerable amount of money in wasted transfer fees in the long run.