Ange Postecoglou is optimistic Celtic will announce some new signings “within the subsequent few days” as he insisted it was not his duty to persuade wished members of his squad to remain.
New signing Osaze Urhoghide made his debut on Saturday as Celtic ran out 2-1 winners towards Charlton within the membership’s second pre-season pleasant win of their coaching camp in Wales.
The futures of Odsonne Edouard, who got here on within the second half of the match in Newport, and Kristoffer Ajer stay unsure, with one 12 months remaining on the pair’s contracts at Celtic Park.
Talking after the sport, Postecoglou advised reporters: “We are attempting to get some gamers in and hopefully get some offers finished.
“We want some gamers to return in as a result of we misplaced a good few from final 12 months. It’s not a simple course of for the time being, however we’re pushing exhausting and hopefully we are going to get some within the subsequent few days.”
Postecoglou is constructing his new aspect in the direction of the primary leg of their Champions League second qualifying spherical tie towards Midtjylland on July 20.
Requested if Celtic had obtained any bids for his or her gamers, Postecoglou mentioned: “To be sincere, I’m not as centered on outgoings as I’m on incoming. Incoming is the place my pure focus is for the time being. I can not management who leaves, what I can management and push for is to convey folks in.”
The Greek-born Australian added: “I am centered on a few key areas – engaged on the gamers we’ve got right here and making an attempt to get gamers in.
“I suppose it should come down as to if gamers need to be part of this or not. Some could have already made their minds up, others will make their thoughts up as they go alongside.
“I’m not right here to plead our case for the time being. That’s not the enterprise I’m in. If folks need to be part of it, I’m joyful to incorporate them.”
Postecoglou insisted that bringing in one other ahead just isn’t a precedence, regardless of Leigh Griffiths leaving the coaching camp amid an ongoing investigation by Police Scotland over alleged improper on-line behaviour.
“We want gamers in quite a few positions, it isn’t only one,” he mentioned. “Even those that have gone from final season, purely on numbers, we’d like gamers.”
One participant who seems to have an opportunity of a revival beneath Postecoglou at Celtic is midfielder Olivier Ntcham.
The French midfielder, who spent the second half of final season on mortgage at Marseille, noticed a proposed transfer to AEK Athens collapse and made his first look of pre-season towards Charlton.
“I had chats with him and he mentioned he wished to return again and make an impression this 12 months,” the previous Australia boss mentioned.
“I take that at face worth. He has been good at coaching.
“He’s missing a little bit of match contact and health however he’s a part of the squad and hopefully he could make an influence this 12 months.”