Ange Postecoglou’s first season in charge of Celtic will be an interesting one to oversee.
The Hoops are no longer the dominant force in Scottish football as they find themselves caught up in a huge transition period.
The ongoing window will be absolutely imperative to Postecoglou who will be keen to hit the ground running.
He’s already identified a number of defenders alongside his recruitment team, but with Scott Brown departing for Aberdeen, they need new faces in midfield as well.
According to Alan Nixon, the Bhoys are still interested in securing a deal to bring Ali McCann to Parkhead.
The St Johnstone midfielder was one of the best young talents in the Premiership last term and as a result, has found no shortage of suitors.
Nixon claims that Stoke are keen on signing the 21-year-old, while Swansea and Hull are also attracted by the idea of acquiring him.
With Celtic stuck in a rut, they could do with planning for the future and bringing through some younger talent.
McCann would tick all of the boxes in that regard, particularly after his form in 2020/21.
Celtic are thought to have scouted him on a number of occasions and they must have been impressed with what they saw.
After all, the midfielder was among the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year beside David Turnbull.
Last term, he showcased a plethora of attributes that would ensure a seamless transition into the Celtic side.
Adept going forward – he registered four goal contributions last season – he is a ruthless defender as well.
McCann produced 2.7 successful tackles per game for his club, a number that added to the impressive 3.5 challenges per match in the Nations League for Northern Ireland. For context, both of those numbers are higher than any other player at Celtic over the last 12 months.
With that in mind, it’s hard to deny the midfielder wouldn’t be an upgrade for Postecoglou this season.
Calm in possession, the all-action McCann is somebody the Australian could build his team around for years to come. With so much potential, supporters should be mightily excited if Celtic can lure him to Glasgow.