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“I Just Don’t See That Happening” – Alex Rae Dismisses Postecoglou’s Ambitions

With a raft of Celtic stars seemingly ready to leave Parkhead this summer, Ange Postecoglou is open to try and get those players who are into their final year a contract extension.

With Edouard, Ajer and Christie all falling into that bracket, former Rangers* player Alex Rae has said that he can’t envisage any of those stars wanting to extend their stay beyond this transfer window.

Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Rae said, “The new manager at Celtic is already on record saying that he wants to maybe try and get them to extend contracts. I just don’t see that happening.

“From a financial point of view I don’t think Celtic would be willing to run down the terms. I think that the money that Edouard would go for would be substantial.

“So from a business sense that wouldn’t make any sense. You think Christie, potentially could go for a small fee. That’s one of the things that Celtic did that last year they went all in.

“They wanted to try and win the ten and they allowed these guys to go into the last year of their contracts and the modern day footballer knows what that means because it’s strengthens their hand.”

It remains to be seen whether the big Aussie can pull off a masterstroke and convince the three wantaway stars to extend their stays beyond this season but I suppose the biggest question is do we want to convince players to stay? We need players that WANT to play for Celtic, not forced to.

Have we learned nothing from last season?

“He’s reliable and solid” – Former Celtic star on Barkas Replacement

As Celtic continue to look reinforce their squad ahead of the new season, former Hoops striker, Charlie Nicholas, has said that one area that should be of concern is the goalkeeping position.

New boss, Ange Postecoglou, seems to be focusing on fixing the Parkhead clubs backline but Nicholas, speaking through his column, insists that’s not where the priority should be, “Celtic need a new No. 1 because Vasilis Barkas is not the answer.

“Also, if I were Celtic I wouldn’t be looking to spend a lot of money on another keeper. I think they could solve this position with a good loan and relatively cheaply.

“I would suggest Danny Ward, who did well for Wales at Euro 2020. He is not getting regular football at Leicester City and has shown internationally he is a reliable and solid keeper.

“Ward also proved himself at Aberdeen, when he came up on loan in a season where the Dons challenged Celtic up until he returned to his then-parent club Liverpool that January.

There is no doubt that the goalkeeping position last season was one that baffled many fans. With the club allowing Craig Gordon to leave on a free then spending the guts of £5m on Barkas, many fans are left feeling confused at how the move for the Greek international cam about, never mind hoe it got sanctioned.

Do the Celtic supporters still believe Barkas can do a job for the club? I think some do. Not many players become full internationals without having something about them. Barkas may come good next season under Ange, and with a settled back line, he could flourish.

So it seems Ange may well be focused on improving the right area of the team after all?

Greek journalist gives exciting update on player sale

Olivier Ntcham will always be an enigmatic figure at Celtic Park. On his day, was one of the best footballers in Scotland, off his game, his attitude was contemptuous and his performances contemptable.

His ambition to leave Celtic Park far outweighed his ambition to be a professional and his mood and demeanor have been shown to be not welcome inside not only the corridors of Celtic Park, but also in Marseille where his arrival compelled the French clubs manager Andres Villas Boas to tender his resignation.

It was widely expected that the Frenchman would he leaving this summer for the sunnier climes of Athens as AEK made moves to sign Ntcham on a free.

With personal terms agreed, the deal fell through at the last minute when Celtic decided that they did, in fact, want a fee for the former Man City man.

By all accounts the deal has been resurrected as Greek journalist, Giannis Chorianopolous claimed that the Greek club are now looking at options to finance the move.

It’s not yet known what size of fee Celtic are looking for, but that is certainly encouraging news for the Hoops who need a bad dressing room influence out the club and also for Ntcham who clearly needs new direction in his footballing life.

24 year old international “wanted” by Postecoglou

As Celtic look to bolster their first team squad ahead of the start of the new season, Ange Postecoglou seems to be scouring a market he knows well from his time at Yokohama F Marinos.

The Japanese market is one that Ange has vast experience in and as he has stated his intentions of scouring the Far East for talent, it seems the latest transfer target being reported for the new Celtic gaffer is 24 year old Japanese international, Ko Itakura, as reported by The Scotsman.

Itakura is currently on loan at Groningen from Manchester City and has featured for the Dutch side on more than 50 occasions.

He started his career at Kawasaki Frontale as part of their youth system and after eight years, went on to make 21 appearances for the first team.

He was picked up by Manchester City with the intention of selling him on as part of The City Group and it is expected the Japanese international, who has five caps under his belt, will be put up for sale this summer.

Itakura was loaned to FC Groningen back in 2019 and after an impressive first spell, the deal was increased by a further season in 2020. Out of his 50 appearances he has only found the back of the net once, but as a player that plays mainly in central defence or as a defensive midfielder, that wont have any decisive bearing on whether Postecoglou makes his move.

With transfer speculation mounting everyday, Celtic fans will be waiting with baited breath on who will become Postecoglou’s maiden summer signing of his Parkhead revolution.

Former Sevco nobody ludicrous Postecoglou prediction. The media knives are out on Ange already!

Former Sevco goalkeeper Cammy Bell has shown that not only was he a bit part keeper at Rangers* he is also a bit part player at punditry.

In an interview with BBC Sportsound as told by the Scottish media, Bell made a bold and unfounded prediction that Postecoglou could have the league lost within the first month leaving the Celtic boss with a quick fight to save his future,”I think there is a lot going on at Celtic at the minute. I think they have three and a half weeks before a massive game, which Ange will get judged on.

“If he goes out of the Champions League the Celtic fans won’t forget that, so he has got three and a half weeks to turn this around.

“They might not be up to speed by the start of the season. They could be out of the Champions League, and the league could be gone if Rangers continue the form they had last season.

“If Celtic don’t start the season well, the league could be gone within the first month.

The interview really is contemptable and I can never, ever remember stories being run like this when Gerrard took the Govan role on.

It’s shades of Ronny Delia. The media hounded the former Celtic manager and lambasted the guy at every turn. It looks like it’s happening all over again. Surely the Celtic fans will stand or fall for this?

Celtic to take £3m “loss” on defender

As Jack Hendry makes his move to Oostende, less than an hour later, it has been reported that the Belgians could be on course to more than double their investment.

With the reported fee being paid to Celtic for Hendry being at around the £2m mark, it seems West Brom are hopeful of bagging the Scotland defender for a cool £5m.

The former Hoops defender enjoyed a rich vein for from in the Belgian Juliper League last season, so much so that he was crowned the league’s “Best Player”.

Fleeting appearances at the Euro’s which included his mistake that led to the Czech Republic’s second goal in the opening fixture wasn’t enough to put the Belgians off placing their £2m bet on Hendry with the hope of selling him on for a profit.

And it seems the gamble is about to pay off quicker than they thought with The Baggies about to swoop any day now.

“After the Copa America, I Expect Something To Happen” – Exciting development on Celtic Linked Wonderkid

With Celtic being linked to Ecuadorian international Piero Hincapie, his father has shed some light on the Celtic linked defender and it seems that a move may be imminent for the youngster after the Copa America has concluded.

Speaking the to the media, Hincapie’s father, Jesus, has said he has told his son to concentrate on just playing football and the rest will take care of itself, “There has been interest for him and I know there have been offers too from clubs in Europe.

“But for now, the offers haven’t been big enough for the board of his club, Talleres de Cordoba, to consider.

“Now I know there are other big clubs in Europe who have appeared, who are very interested in my son.

“Hopefully, one of them might be Real Madrid because that’s the club he has always dreamed of playing for.

“My boy is excited about the stories linking him with clubs in Europe. It’s natural. But I tell him to concentrate on playing football and entrust the rest to God.

“After the Copa America, I expect something to happen with him.”

With Hincapie coming off the back of a fantastic season with Argenitinian Super League side Tallares, interest in the young defender is high making him one of the hottest properties on the market the right now.

With a price tag quoted at ten million Euro’s this could potentially scare off Celtic but with Hincapie aged just 19 years old, this could be a shrewd piece of business by the Parkhead club if they manage to pull it off.

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“Postecoglou wants to keep him” – Reporter gives exciting Player update

During Ange Postecoglou’s first press conference, the new Celtic gaffer gave an indication on where he see’s Celtic misfit striker, Leigh Griffiths’ future.

The former Scotland striker’s contract is up at the end of the month and early indications are that Ange sees a future for the hitman at Celtic Park.

The only unknown is what type of contract Griffiths will be offered. Griffiths is reportedly on £15,000 per week at Paradise and reporter Mark Guidi reckons that if he is offered a contract it certainly won’t be on the current terms as it stands.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Guidi said, “His contracts up next week. He’s had conversations with Postecoglou. The indication seems to be, reading between the lines, but it looks to me as though Postecoglou want’s to keep him or he’s been advised to keep him.

“But I suspect that he will not be kept on, on the current contract that’s due to kick in. I think it will be on reduced terms with more of an emphasis on appearance. I suspect that the case, I mean reading between the lines, I suspect that’s the case.”

It is fair to say that the ball is firmly in Celtic’s court here and there is a general school of thought that an incentive based contract would be the way forward for Griffiths in order to keep him sharp and focused for the season ahead.

One thing is for certain though. Postecoglou came across as a fair but hard task master and if he has a sniff of any doubt in his head about Griffiths and his commitment, he will be shown the door.

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£3m bid “plot” by Celtic for Serie A star

With the transfer rumour mill in full swing it seems like new Celtic boss, Ange Postecoglou, has been busy behind the scenes looking to strengthen the first team.

According to Scottish media reports, Celtic have already plotted to bring young Scottish defender, Aaron Hickey, to Glasgow and that a £3m bid is imminent.

Hickey was the subject of much speculation last summer and was tipped to join the Hoops from Hearts, but the young Scottish defender picked the Italian Serie A as his choice of destination and completed his move to Bologna instead.

Having made just 10 appearances for the Italian side before succumbing to a shoulder injury, Hickey now seems destined to join the Glasgow giants this summer with new Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou making his move.

Hickey addressed the speculation and said he was “aware” of interest and that he wants to keep focused on Bologna for the time being, ‘Well, I am fully aware there has been interest. I can see it all, but I have just got to keep my head down and keep my full focus on Bologna just now.”

With the Hoops struggling to replace the quality of Kieran Tierney since his departure to Arsenal, could Hickey be the man to finally step in and fill that void?

“Don’t be surprised if Manchester City and Manchester United are in for him” – Celtic tipped for summer cash windfall

With Scotland’s participation at the Euro’s now at an end, one player has been tipped for a big money move off the back of his performances in the two group games against England and Croatia.

Kieran Tierney was an absolute standout in the tournament and it was clear how much Scotland missed him in the opening game against the Czech Republic.

Former Rangers player and now pundit, Barry Ferguson, has once again tipped the Scotland and Arsenal star for a big money move off the back of successful personal appearances for his country.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Ferguson said, “Top class professional, top player. No doubt in my mind.

“I think Arsenal will struggle to keep him. I really do. And don’t be surprised if a Manchester City and Manchester United , and even the big European sides, don’t be surprised that they’re in for him in the next couple of weeks.

“Because I think he’s that good. As I said, I always rated him when he was at Celtic.

“I thought he was a very good player. Since he’s went down to the English Premier League he’s went up a couple of notches and there’s no doubt Scotland, when they don’t have him are worse off. When he’s in the team they are much stronger.”

This is not the first time Ferguson has tipped Tierney for a big move and with Arsenal still aiming to get him tied up to a longer contract, it seems that after just two seasons at the Emirates, Tierney may have already outgrown the Gunners as the London club have failed to not only fail to win any silverware, but qualify for any European tournament next season.

With Celtic reportedly due a 25% sell on clause for Tierney, you would imagine it would take a bid of at least £70m for Arsenal to entertain any potential suitors, and with that type of money, Celtic could see their coffers swell by tens of millions.

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