Ange Postecoglou reveals his Celtic transfer secret as ‘shopping with my wife’ analogy draws TV laughs


Ange Postecoglou admitted he’s clueless when it comes to going shopping with his wife Georgia.

But the Celtic boss insists on having clarity when it comes to transfer window shopping is key to his managerial success.

The Hoops boss has been spot on with his recruitment despite a rushed summer when his appointment didn’t come until June after the club’s Eddie Howe saga followed by Covid holding up his arrival to Scotland.

Postecoglou brought in Kyogo who has been a revelation while Joe Hart has also been a hit between the sticks and solved a problem position last season.

Reo Hatate has been the pick of three J-League stars who arrived in January while Matt O’Riley also looks a bargain buy from MK Dons.

And Postecoglou says doing his homework on targets to ensure they fit into his system is the security to his signings hitting the ground running.

Speaking to Australian outlet Stan Sport from his Lennoxtown office, the 56-year-old said: “It comes to me having a real clear idea of ​​how you want the game to be played.

“I’ve often said I could go into a shop with my wife and she’ll know exactly what to pick and buy – I’ve got no idea!

“When I go looking for players I’m the same. I’ve got a real clear idea. When I see what I want I picture them in my team and when they fit that picture most of the time it works.

“It comes back to the first thing is that I have absolute clarity about how I want my team to play.

Soccer Football – Scottish League Cup Final – Hibernian v Celtic – Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – December 19, 2021 Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou celebrates with Kyogo Furuhashi after winning the league cup final Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

“What quality each player should have in each position and that should make it easier for the players as well because they’ve already got some of the things I’m looking for so their adjustment period becomes quicker.

“The players I’ve brought in have hit the ground running and people ask why so quickly but it’s because I already know they’ve go the attributes I’m looking for and the rest is just understanding the gameplay.

“In terms of the Japanese players, it was about treating them as individuals because sometimes those stereotypical things we think about in life in general don’t ring true and the four boys I’ve brought over are totally different people and different types of players .”

Postecoglou has helped overhaul a 25-point gap at the end of last season to lead champions and rivals Rangers by a point.

And after last season’s disaster where the club failed to win a trophy, he admitted to being up against a “ticking clock”.

Asked how he’s done it, the former Australia boss said: “It’s nothing took unique. Any manager who gets a job is usually going in because things haven’t gone too well.

“You rarely pick it up when a team is flying. That part of it I understood. Every role I’ve taken I’ve taken when it needed some sort of new direction and I’m comfortable in that space.

“I kind of knew what I was heading into. Coming into a season when they hadn’t won anything, it’s very easy to say it’s a league they should dominate.

“But at the same time when you’ve come off a season when you’ve won nothing… when it happens at a club like Manchester United there needs to be a massive reaction.

“I kind of knew the magnitude of what I needed to do. It’s been pretty good so far and I’ve had tremendous support from the fans and good support from within the football club to take it in the direction I want to.

“But I kind of knew there was a ticking clock against me to get it right as soon as possible we could.

“People thought I was worried about my own tenure but it wasn’t just for me – I just knew a football club can’t go two seasons without success.

“It just can’t happen so I knew I had to get it right this first year and we’ve won a trophy, we’re doing okay in the league and we’re still in Europe.

“We got through the Scottish FA Cup so we’re doing okay mate but we’ve still got plenty to do.”




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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