Ange Postecoglou has pleaded with the Celtic board to boost his squad on the back of five wins on the bounce.
After losing the opening SPFL Premiership match at Tynecastle no-one would have imagined the turnaround in Celtic’s fortunes.
Postecoglou’s signings have finally arrived and made their mark, some of last season’s forgotten men have been revived and brought back to life with fans re-engaged by an exciting, winning brand of football.
Celtic fans are almost conditioned to boardroom complacency, an attitude of doing just enough without ever showing genuine ambition. Evidence can be found in four successive failures to reach the group phase of the Champions League under three different managers.
It is now 17 days since Joe Hart and James McCarthy were signed, with 12 days left in the transfer window Postecoglou praised the contribution of Tony Ralston then told the Daily Record of his needs:
But we can’t keep going to the well too often, like I keep saying we need to support him and support this group of players because we can’t expect them to play with that intensity every game and maintain a performance and not have them break down.
It’s not about bringing in people to replace others, it’s about bringing in players who will complement what we’ve got here and create a strong squad because if we want to be successful we’ll need a strong squad
Celtic’s five match winning run has been achieved with just 14 starting players. Last night’s starting XI plus Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Nir Bitton.
With Stephen Welsh replacing midfielder Bitton in the centre of defence the back four has remained unchanged over the last four matches.
The fixture list is unrelenting, another three ready-made starters are essential to build on Postecoglou’s impressive start with the eyes of 50,000 Season Ticket holders on the boardroom to see if they are in sync with the manager that they waited 106 days to appoint.