One of the things I enjoy most about listening to Ange Postecoglou is that doing so requires no decoding or reading between the lines. This guy communicates clearly and concisely.
He talks straight.
When he talks about transfers, that’s when I listen closest.
Yesterday, when he spoke to the media, the question naturally came up. We’re now just days away from the closing of the window, and whilst we don’t know whether Edouard or Christie will be at Celtic come the middle of next week it seems clear that we’ll have some further new blood in the team.
Most notably, we’re almost certain to sign a striker.
The deal for the Greek Giakoumakis looks as if it will be completed.
Speculation over a hold-up in personal terms is probably well wide of the mark.
Werder Bremen pulled out because they couldn’t better Celtic’s offer, so I would expect any wage disparity to be quickly made up.
The hanging question was whether the signing of a striker would depend on the sale of one; yesterday Ange made it clear that it will not. He revealed that Celtic have “contingency plans” for the sale of Eddie or Christie … but he reiterated the need for new players regardless.
So what is the contingency plan for the sale of Odsonne or Ryan?
Well we know Lovric is keen on a move to Parkhead, which presumably would happen only if Christie left. We know too that we’re interested in Kevin Nisbet of Hibs and that this move has already been floated in the media.
These may be the guys we move for in the event a top player goes.
But the manager seems determined to add to the pool come what may, which means that he sees the Greek as someone who can, if need be, play alongside Eddie for the moment.
It makes good sense.
It enhances our options and make us look a more complete squad.
The only question now is, when will the deal be done?
After tonight’s game maybe, when our Europa League Group Stage place is confirmed.
It would give Ibrox something else to worry about, something else to have to plan for.
It’s a move that makes good sense, at least on paper.
Regardless, the deadline is next Tuesday.
We’re in the final stages of this window.
What happens at Celtic in the next 5 days will have a huge impact on the rest of the season.
The manager has made it clear what he wants and expects.
The Rumour Guy is a Celtic fan and blogger from Glasgow.