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Ange Postecoglou Admits That He Wasnt Tough Enough With Celtics Transfer Policy

While he accepted responsibility for Celtic’s latest Champions League loss, Ange Postecoglou admitted he may not have been firm enough in his requests for fresh signings.
Celtic were eliminated from the group stages for the fourth year in a row after losing 2-1 in extra time against Midtjylland, resulting in a 3-2 aggregate loss and a Europa League qualifier against Jablonec of Czech Republic.
Celtic have made five summer signings, but two of them are in quarantine, while the other two, Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, youthful former Sheffield Wednesday players, did not even make the bench in Denmark.
The sole newcomer on the pitch was 19-year-old Liel Abada, who failed to build on his goal-scoring debut in a lackluster performance.
I’m the one who’s been tasked with leading the charge.
We don’t have any players because I didn’t do a good enough job convincing them that we needed to get individuals in.
Celtic’s reluctance to address their goalkeeping difficulties cost them again over the two legs, as Postecoglou had a back four with an average age of 21, only two fit forwards, and replaced Vasilis Barkas with Scott Bain.
Few Celtic fans would hold it against the manager, who expressed displeasure with the club’s “hesitation” in the transfer market before the first leg, but the Aussie bore the brunt of the responsibility.
He stated, “I accept responsibility.”
“I am the one who has been given command.”
We don’t have any players because I didn’t do a good enough job convincing them that we needed to get individuals in.
“I’m not going to be shy about it.”
I don’t say it to be a martyr; I simply believe it is my obligation, and it is why I was brought in.
“I’ve been trying to be as aggressive as possible about what we need to bring in, and the difficulties we’ve encountered are well documented.”
“Regardless of tonight’s outcome, we still require reinforcements.”
We had a very young squad on the field, with even more young players on the bench.
“I don’t know if I was clear enough, but it’s not a scenario we need to be in,” Postecoglou said when asked if some individuals didn’t understand how thin his team was and the urgency of the situation.
“I believe I have been quite consistent in stating that we require additional players.”
The club is putting in a lot of effort to bring those players in.
I’ve gone on and on about the difficulties we confront.
“Our supporters just want to see us bring in the reinforcements that we need,” Scott Bain says after Celtic’s defeat. “I have just got to keep reiterating my thoughts on it as forcefully as I can.” Celtic will rue a number of important moments from both legs, particularly Nir Bitton’s foolish first-leg red card and Barkas’ stunning blunder that gifted the Danes a Parkhead equaliser.
Callum McGregor’s 25-yard volley gave them the lead three minutes into the second half in Denmark, and James Forrest missed a sitter a minute after replacing Abada.
After falling behind four minutes into extra-time, the hosts equalized a minute later after Greg Taylor lost his marker, and Celtic produced nothing in response.
Celtic’s Stephen Welsh celebrates at the end of the game in Herning. “I can’t criticise the players’ effort; they worked their socks off,” Postecoglou said.
“We had control of the game, scored, and had a terrific chance to go up 2-0, but they scored right after, and we lost a bit of momentum.”
We just looked exhausted at the end of the game and lacked the energy to get back into it.
“We paid a high price for big moments.”
Moments can make or break a game, and we had some pretty good ones.
“It’s frustrating, but when you look at the back four we put out there, the average age of those players, it was an incredible effort to keep us in the tie.”
1:04 Andy Walker believes it’s not surprising Celtic didn’t go past FC Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifications, and that manager Ange Postecoglou needs help in the transfer market. Andy Walker of Sky Sports: “I think you’ll find a great number of Celtic supporters who won’t be surprised.”
The new manager has been ruthlessly exposed due to a lack of preparation for season-defining games.
“Postecoglou expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of transfer activity last week, and I believe that when you have so much inexperience in major games like Celtic did in Glasgow and here tonight, it will come back to bite you.”
“Midtjylland performed well and had a more powerful squad – they had more legs and energy.”
Celtic never had a chance in extra time.
Finally, I believe they deserved it, and you could see a goal heading their way.
“Unfortunately for Celtic fans, they’ll have to settle for a Europa League qualifier.” What’s next?
Celtic have advanced to the Europa League third qualifying round, where they will face FK Jablonec of the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, they kick off their Scottish Premiership season this Saturday when they travel to Hearts, which will be shown live on Sky Sports Football.
Coverage begins at 7.30 p.m., with the game beginning at 8 p.m.

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