Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says he does not expect to see the best of three Celtic signings before the second half of the season.
Sead Haksabanovic and Oliver Abildgaard arrived very late in the summer, while Aaron Mooy completed his move in July, but Postecoglou says the trio have all suffered due to the fact that they haven’t had a full preseason. With that being the case, the Hoops boss feels they should improve as the campaign goes on:
“For me, Oliver, Aaron (Mooy) and Sead (Haksabanovic) were signings for the back half of the year. Anything we got out of them this first half of the year was going to be a bonus for us. When you miss pre-season, it is a very difficult thing to come in and hit the ground running. Feel good about your physical fitness and your football. What we are getting out of those guys just now is a real bonus. Second half of the year is when they will be able to show their true selves. Oliver is doing really well. He is doing a job for us. He is getting fitter and I am sure he will make more of a contribution.”
Mooy, in particular, has looked more impressive in recent outings, having picked up three assists in his last two league appearances, so it seems as if the Australian is already up to speed.
Haksabanovic has also shown some flashes in his five starts since arriving in Scotland but the one that has really struggled to make an impression so far is Abildgaard.
The Danish midfielder has had to settle for cameos off the bench and it looks like it may take him a while to bed into his new team.