Journalist Marc Guidi has credited Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou for helping to raise the market value of the first-team squad.
The Hoops have brought in a number of signings under the Australian’s watch, with many already worth a lot more than when they were snapped up. Guidi even goes as far as to say that it is now possible for the Scottish champions to raise £50m from the sale of just three players:
“Let’s say Ange Postecoglou says to the board, ‘we need to raise 50 million quid. I can bring in seven-eight players for 50 million quid, what are we going to do?’ I’m going to sell three players. I’ll choose the three. O’Riley, Jota and Carter Vickers. I think we can lose those three but I can get £50 million to go and rebuild. Or he could go and say, Abada, Giakoumakis and Kyogo. That’s the situation that Celtic have created as well through the manager and through the market value that they create in their players.”
You could definitely argue that O’Riley, Jota and Carter-Vickers could go for close to £50m. O’Riley’s reported asking price, for example, is believed to be in the £15m to £20m range, and you would say that the other two players would have similar valuations.
Abada, Kyogo and Giakoumakis would probably be worth far less, but the point stands that Postecoglou has done an outstanding job in improving the talent pool after standards fell so low under previous coach Neil Lennon.