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‘We have already begun work’ – New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou sends strong transfer message to supporters

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou looks on during Yokohama F.Marinos' J League clash with Yokohama FC
Ange Postecoglou has taken over the reins as Celtic’s new manager (Picture: Getty)

Newly appointed Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou says he has ‘already begun work’ to ‘bring in players of quality’ in the summer transfer window, with a view to steering the team back to the top of Scottish football.

Postecoglou, 55, arrives at Celtic as Neil Lennon’s successor after stepping down from his position with J League outfit Yokohama F. Marinos, where he had been at the helm since 2018.

There will be enormous hopes and expectations on Postecoglou’s shoulders after the Bhoys’ pursuit of a tenth consecutive Scottish Premiership title was ended by arch-rivals Rangers, who finished 25 points above them in the table.

But the Greek-born Australian – who both played for and managed the Socceroos – has reassured fans he is aware of the size of the task at hand as well as the ‘real history’ and rich tradition associated with the club.

Neil Lennon and Steven Gerrard shake hands before Celtic's clash with Rangers
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers finished 25 points above Celtic last season (Picture: Getty)

‘The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honours in football and the responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly,’ Postecoglou told Celtic’s official website.

‘Celtic is one of the names in world football, of that there is no doubt – a giant of a club, a proper footballing institution and so much more – real history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul.

‘I know Celtic is a true way of life for so many people and I know the demands which come with this position – I am ready to do all I can to meet those demands.

‘I will be doing everything I can to get our great club back on top and, at the same time, deliver the kind of football which our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the objectives which I always set myself and which I now begin work on.

‘When you think of Celtic, you think of supporters and my dream is to see our fans back at Celtic Park with us as soon as possible. We all hope things are changing for the better and can see our fans soon as they are vital to everything I want to do. We need our supporters back by our side and I can’t wait to be with them back in a packed Paradise.’

Yokohama F.Marinos v Shimizu S-Pulse - J.League Meiji Yasuda J1
Postecoglou steered Yokohama F. Marinos to the J League title in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

Postecoglou is expected to receive a strong financial backing from Celtic bosses as the club look to close the gap on Rangers ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and work is already underway to strengthen the squad.

‘I have already had great discussions with Peter [Lawwell], Dom [McKay] and the board about their ideas and strategy for the future of the club,’ he added.

‘I know the club’s new modern vision aligns very much with mine and we now look to go and deliver on this.

‘In everything we do we aim to give our fans a successful team of real quality, which they are excited about and can be proud of.

‘We have already begun work on our plans for adding to the squad – we aim to bring in players of quality to Celtic to enhance the existing core of great talent. 

‘I very much look forward to meeting with the players on their return from the close season break and I can’t wait to get started as Celtic manager.’

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