Ange Postecoglou: Celtic coach optimistic about imminent new signings, says not begging players to stay

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Ange Postecoglou: Celtic coach optimistic about imminent new signings, says not begging players to stay


Ange Postecoglou is optimistic that Celtic will announce new signings “in the coming days” as he insisted it was not his responsibility to convince the wanted members of his squad to stay.

New signing Osaze Urhoghide made his debut on Saturday as Celtic won 2-1 over Charlton in the club’s second pre-season friendly victory at their training camp in Wales.

The future of Odsonne Edouard, who entered the second half at Newport, and Kristoffer Ajer remains uncertain, with a year remaining on the duo’s contracts at Celtic Park.

Speaking after the game, Postecoglou told reporters: “We are trying to attract players and hopefully make deals.

“We need a few players because we’ve lost a few compared to last year. It is not an easy process at the moment, but we are doing everything we can and I hope we will have some in the next few days. “

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Celtic have won their first two preseason friendlies under Postecoglou

Postecoglou is preparing his new squad for the Champions League second qualifying round first leg against Midtjylland on July 20.

Asked if Celtic have received any offers for their players, Postecoglou said: “To be honest, I’m not as focused on exits as I am on entrants. Entrants are my pure goal at the moment. I can’t control who’s leaving. , what I can control and push is to bring people. “

The Greek-born Australian added: “I’m focusing on a few key areas – working on the players we have here and trying to get players in.

“I guess it will depend on whether the players want to be a part of this or not. Some may have already made their decision, others will decide as they go.

“I’m not here to make our case right now. This is not my business. If people want to be a part of it, I’m happy to include them. “

Postecoglou insisted the arrival of another candidate was not a priority, despite Leigh Griffiths leaving training camp amid an ongoing Scottish Police investigation into online behavior presumed inappropriate.

“We need players in several positions, it is not just one,” he said. “Even looking at those who have been gone since last season, just on the numbers, we need players. “

One player who seems to have a chance to revive under Postecoglou at Celtic is midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

The French midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Marseille, saw a transfer plan to AEK Athens crumble and made his first preseason appearance against Charlton.

“I had a chat with him and he said he wanted to come back and make a good impression this year,” said the former Australia boss.

“I take this at face value. He’s been good at training.

“He’s a bit lacking in touch and fitness, but he’s part of the team and I hope he can make an impact this year. “

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