Last December, Ange Postecoglou made it clear what he thought of the Celtic loan deals he sanctioned last summer.
The arrivals of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota have both led to a terrific season for the club and individuals. The former has already sealed a permanent switch while the latter will hopefully do the same in the coming weeks.
This forward-looking view has now resulted in Celtic finding themselves in a fantastic position as we enter the summer window. Temporary fixes are now a thing of the past under Ange and, again, this is something that was clarified as far back as December.
At the time, Ange was asked about CCV’s future in particular. Here is his response, quoted by the Herald:
“I wouldn’t have brought it if I thought it was just a short-term thing.
“All the players we’ve signed, we’ve done it thinking about building a squad. Building a squad means more than 12 months. But like I said, a lot depends on the player himself.
Celtic are no longer reliant on temporary fixes and that puts us in a great position
The comments above showed exactly where Ange stood on short-term deals. They were just something he would want to pull off if he had a plan to buy the player at the end of the window.
This is why Jota and CCV had option to buy clauses in their loan agreements. Ange just wouldn’t have been interested if there was no chance of keeping them.
After all, what good would it really have been for a manager who is only focused on building a team to compete for the long haul. Yes, there will be an evolution of this team over time, but no one will have the opportunity here if they just see a good chance of being exposed for a year. They will have to accept Ange’s methods.
Of the players linked with the club this summer, only one has been speculated to be on loan. This is Taylor Harwood-Bellis from Manchester City [Sky Sports]. The others have all been tied as permanent moves.
This is no surprise given that Ange has absolutely no interest in short-termism. We no longer sign 4 players on loan every summer with no option to buy in their offers. That’s part of the reason why there’s hardly any uncertainty at the club this summer.
Ange made it clear in December that he was not interested in short-term contracts. Now Celtic are ready to reap the rewards of that approach.
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