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Ange answers back at Transfer Window put down

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Ange Postecoglou has answered the claim that he hasn’t strengthened Celtic’s First XI during the transfer window.

Three loan signings from last season have returned on permanent deals, Ben Siegrist is pushing Joe Hart, Alexandro Berabei the same with Greg Taylor while double signing Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz have to work their way in from the outside.

A similar narrative could be applied to Sead Haksabanovic with little difference from the side that clinched last season’s title to the one that has opened the defence of the trophy.

Addressing the Starting XI argument Postecoglou said:

People said we haven’t really strengthened their first 11 but I think we have. I didn’t want to bring them in permanently because they played well last year, I did it because their best football is ahead of them. Even if we didn’t have them last year and they were on the market, I’d have said ‘these two guys, I want in.’ For us it was a no-brainer because not only are they great players but they’re brilliant characters, they fit in brilliantly, they’re great guys who train hard every day.

Their best is ahead of them so that was the key part of those transfers. I knew that would be a big investment for us so we weren’t going to spend a lot of money outside of that. But they were key to me this summer, and to be fair to both boys, they didn’t look at other options. That said this is where they wanted to be which made it easier.

The proof of that argument is that Celtic have taken 15 points from their first five matches of the season. A year ago it took them until October to reach that tally with just 10 points from the first seven games.

Postecoglou still has three days left to add to his Celtic squad- this time next week Real Madrid will be opening up their Champions League campaign under the disco lights.

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