Ange Postecoglou has warned that it will take two more transfer windows for him to turn Celtic around.
The Australian has unshakeable belief in his way of working but doubts and alarm bells are going off among some Celtic fans.
There has definitely been performances and passages of play that are exciting and eye-catching but leaving a defence badly exposed has left Celtic with no points and eight goals conceded in the Europa League.
Injuries have had an impact as well as a demanding set of opening fixtures but 10 points out of 21 in the SPFL isn’t the sort of start that are going to bring fans on board for Angeball.
Outlining his plans and timeline, Postecoglou told The Sun:
There’s no secret we still need to add to the squad. We were never going to do it in one transfer window, particularly when you look at the significant exits we had over the past year. This was always going to be a two to three window process.
We know the areas we need to bolster. That doesn’t necessarily mean adding experience. It’s about getting more players that I believe can play the type of football we want to play. There is a mentality that is attached to that but that’s not relevant to age.
It’s about the type of personalities we want to bring in, guys who want to play the kind of football we want to play, who are going to be brave and ambitious. I don’t expect us to do a lot of business in January but we will definitely be adding something to the squad.
Japan is one of the markets that Postecoglou is targeting but results need to pick up quickly if he is to see his plans through.
It seems to be lost on some within Celtic that there is effectively a £60m stake on offer for winning the SPFL title. Alongside the trophy there will almost certainly be a place in the group stage of the Champions League. With £30m rolling in for the winner next summer’s transfer business will be a lot easier, if it isn’t Celtic they will be looking at a rival club being given that sum to spend.
Anything less than a win at Aberdeen today and the pressure is cranked right up with another tricky away day coming up at Motherwell following the international break.
John Barnes and Tony Mowbray arrived full of plans and ideologies but failed to last a season as results fell through the floor.