Celtic’s first pre-season encounter threatened to disappoint until the fruits of Ange Postecoglou’s labour shone through.
The Hoops endured a nightmare start by conceding after three minutes but the pressing that the Australian is renowned for became greater as the game went on, eventuality prevailing 3-1.
Wednesday afternoon’s win was the ideal start to Postecoglou’s tenure but you sense as though his opening few months at Parkhead will be judged on transfer activity.
The Bhoys have already welcomed Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide to the club in the last few weeks but they are keen to press on with further acquisitions.
That was the word of the new manager who in his post-match press conference, excitingly revealed that they hope to have some more announcements in the next week or so.
The 55-year-old commented: “We are working on multiple fronts. There are some pretty obvious gaps we have in the squad. They are the areas we are working really hard to find the right players.”
Postecoglou continued: “I know exactly how I want to play and the kind of players we need. So we are looking far and wide. There’s challenges with getting players into the country and doing business so early in the window.
He concluded: “The whole club is working hard and I’m hoping over the next week or so, we have some announcements.”
These are a set of quotes that are likely to leave the supporters at Paradise absolutely elated.
Celtic have started the transfer window in promising fashion and they are in talks to sign a number of players.
Those two players aren’t the only defenders in the crosshairs of Celtic as they aim to improve on a disastrous 2020/21 campaign.
This summer, more than any other, Postecoglou needs to complete transfer activity quickly.
They have a number of holes to fill in the squad with Scott Brown departing and loan players heading back to their parent clubs.
The sooner they get new players in, the quicker they’ll be up to speed with the manager’s style. It’s doubly important that fresh faces arrive over the next week so that they’re ready to feature in Champions League qualifying.
At the moment, Celtic could head into that game with Midtjylland without James Forrest who is a doubt. They also have a particular shortage at right-back.
Consequently, Hoops fans should be delighted if they address those areas during the next seven days.
It will be a major boost to their hopes of being in the group stages of Europe’s premier competition next term.