Ex-Celtic player Charlie Nicholas believes Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou was not involved in the signing of Maccabi Petah Tikva’s Liel Abada or Sheffield Wednesday pair Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide.
The former Sky Sports pundit says he thinks the Australian may have only approved one addition to his squad so far, in Vissel Kobe’s Kyogo Furushashi:
“I would suspect Kyogo Furushashi would be the manager’s signing given his knowledge of Japanese football, but I am not convinced he was involved in the move for Sheffield Wednesday defender Osaze Urhoghide. I’m not sure he would have known much about Liam Shaw or Liel Abada either.”
In Shaw’s case, considering he was signed when Neil Lennon was still in charge, that is not a controversial claim to make, but on Abada and Urhoghide, there will be questions over how much Postecoglou would have seen of the pair.
It’s likely that the Celtic manager is simply placing his trust in the scouting department as he knows he needs to get bodies in through the door as soon as possible, with the Scottish club having to play in Champions League qualifiers.
Even so, Postecoglou will still have a threadbare squad when his side faces FC Midtjylland at Parkhead this evening.