Charlie Nicholas has warned Ange Postecoglou that he is walking in on a transfer nightmare.
The Australian seems to be slowly edging towards the Celtic manager’s job but after the events of the last 100 days no-one at the club will be taking anything for granted.
As well as agreeing a deal with Postecoglou and Yokohama Marinos, Celtic have other hurdles to overcome including quarantine, a Work Permit and UEFA Coaching regulations before the Australian can set foot on the training ground.
Who remains be on the pitch at Lennoxtown is a massive question with last season’s Celtic squad likely to be decimated.
Scott Brown is about to join Aberdeen, four loan players have left the club, Leigh Griffiths is out of contract in three weeks with Kris Ajer and Odsonne Edouard expected to move on in the next few weeks.
A massive overhaul is expected but with Peter Lawwell stepping down and no Head of Football Operations since March the infrastructure of the club is badly lacking.
Picking up on his column in The Express, the Daily Record reports Nicholas saying:
There is no doubt that Neil Lennon and Nicky Hammond would have put transfer targets in place before they departed.
The issue is that for a lot of the better ones there will have been competition and if they are Bosmans chances are they will already have agreed deals.
Postecoglou will also inherit a squad where Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer both want out and Olivier Ntcham will also be looking to engineer his exit.
Celtic need to get on and make an appointment. Pre-season starts in a few weeks and Postecoglou will need to self-isolate before he can even get to work.
I think a lot of Celtic fans are so disillusioned by what has happened they will just be pleased to see somebody in post.
Celtic start pre-season training on June 17 with their Champions League qualifiers being played on July 20/21 and 27/28.