The challenges and responsibilities that await incoming Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou at Parkhead
Celtic have appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new manager.
Following Neil Lennon’s departure in February, the former Australia leader takes over after a prolonged recruitment process.
The PA news agency looks at some of the things Postecoglou will have to undertake when he relocates to Glasgow’s east end.
Reorganize the team.
Postecoglou will have to decide whether or not to keep the underachievers from last season. Shane Duffy, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Diego Laxalt, and Jonjoe Kenny have all left the club on loan. Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti, two high-profile summer additions, have yet to demonstrate their worth, while Postecoglou must decide whether to exercise a year-long option to re-sign Leigh Griffiths, a natural striker who has struggled with fitness. Postecoglou then needs to examine players like Marian Shved, Olivier Ntcham, Boli Bolingoli, and Ewan Henderson who have returned from loan spells. Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Kristoffer Ajer are all expected to leave during the final year of their contracts, so there could be money to spend.
Replace the captain if necessary.
Scott Brown was the club captain for the majority of his 14 years at Parkhead, however he has since joined Aberdeen as a player-coach. Brown, a major figure at Parkhead, was instrumental in Celtic’s domination over the last decade. When Brown was out, Callum McGregor was captain, but Postecoglou will have to decide whether to give the Scotland international the armband on a regular basis, hand it to someone else, or find a big, intimidating character like Brown to fill the job.
Sort the personnel in the backroom
As well as a new manager, Celtic have been looking for a director of football following the departure of their head of football operations Nick Hammond, with a rumoured move to appoint Manchester City’s Fergal Harkin seemingly having broken down.
Decisions also need to be taken on the coaching staff with interim boss John Kennedy having worked with the first team under Ronny Deila, Brendan Rodgers and Lennon, and Gavin Strachan a more recent addition. With long-serving chief executive Peter Lawwell currently showing the ropes to imminent successor. (This is a short article)