Celtic’s wait to appoint a new manager is officially over as they announced the arrival of the Australian on Thursday on a 12-month rolling contract, taking over from Neil Lennon permanently after his departure back in February.
The 55-year-old has certainly got a tough job on his hands as he looks to bring some level of success to Celtic following their disastrous season last campaign and wrestle the title back from Rangers after they blew everyone away in 2020/21.
Part of that task will be putting together a team that can compete. Celtic already look set to lose Odsonne Edouard to Leicester City and could also see PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year David Turnbull move to Aston Villa if rumours come to fruition.
But speaking on Four Tims and a Podcast, co-host Danny felt that there could be more departures on the way, and that he wasn’t confident in many players still being around come the start of next season:
“You could name any one of that playing squad and I could not honestly tell you whether they’re going to be here or not. I don’t think some people quite grasp that, the situation we’re in.
“I’m struggling to think of any more Celtic players you think would maybe hang about.”
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TIF Thoughts on Danny’s comments about the Celtic playing staff next season…
Danny’s words should come as a bit of a warning for Celtic fans. With this new regime coming in under Postecoglou, who doesn’t have any sort of loyalty or affinity to the current squad, if he needs to sell players to raise funds and bring in players that he is more comfortable with and will suit his system, then he should be allowed to do it.
And whether that means selling off just one or two high-value players like Edouard and Turnbull, or going through a wholesale reshuffle and jettisoning a lot of lesser players, then he should be given free rein to do that.
With the gap to Rangers so vast last season, this isn’t something that will be sorted with a few tweaks, it is going to need something drastic, and a major overhaul of the squad shouldn’t be ruled out.