Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says he won’t stand in the way of players who want to leave the Scottish champions.
English Premier League sides are believed to be tracking the likes of Matt O’Riley and Josip Juranovic, and Postecoglou admits that, if offers do come in, he will take the money so it can be reinvested into the squad:
“If our players do well and move on to so-called greener pastures, if that is what they want, then there is an opportunity for me to improve the team. Because, if they are going to leave us, we are going to get some revenue in. I don’t fear losing our players. I see that as part of the process.”
“If you look at clubs who do well at Champions League level that are our size, what do they do? They develop players, sell them on and replace them with better versions, hopefully. That is where our growth lies. It is part of the process. I don’t fear that. That has to happen for us to grow. We need to be bringing money in to be able to keep bringing better players to our football club.”
O’Riley is believed to be the likelier of the two to leave Celtic Park in January. Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Leicester have all sent scouts to see the midfielder in action over the past few weeks, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have kept tabs on his progress.
Juranovic, meanwhile, has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and United, although any approach for the defender may depend on how well he plays at the World Cup for Croatia.
In terms of incomings, Postecoglou is already said to be working on one deal, with Yuki Kobayashi expected to join from Vissel Kobe.