Celtic’s fiscal reality is such that competition in real terms is not a possibility, but for Postecoglou the player swap model is where he believes Parkhead’s side can widen their net in terms of tiers. where she is ready to go.
“I’m obsessed with success,” said the Greek-Australian. “I’ve had success at every club I’ve been to because I haven’t limited what it looks like. I don’t see any reason why this club can’t play in the Champions League on a regular basis. It there is obviously a huge gap with the big clubs, but there is nothing to suggest that we cannot be a strong club at this level. There is nothing written anywhere that says, ‘this is your limit’ .
While Celtic will never be able to compete financially with one of Europe’s top five leagues where exorbitant sums change hands, Postecoglou is confident that by attracting more experienced players Parkhead’s side can move up the ranks. And behind his thinking is the fact that he has largely spent his time in office at Celtic wisely with three windows all bringing impactful signings.
“What I hope to have proven over the last 12 to 18 months is that for the most part all the players we have brought in, regardless of level, they have had an impact,” he said. declared. “The club is confident that regardless of the expense, provided we follow a similar process, if we are successful we should get some very good players as we move up this ladder.
“I think the bottom line is we’ll always look at a certain demographic and what I mean by that is we’ll always go for the younger scale because that’s part of the model that we need to create. But there are younger players who have experience in the Champions League.
“You look at this Shakhtar team and the likes of [Mykhaylo] Mudryk they are young but they have already had two or three years of experience in the Champions League because of their football club. It’s obviously beyond the financial levels we are at, but there could be clubs like this where we could look at younger players who have Champions League experience.”
Former Celtic managers became openly frustrated when the club’s financial ceiling became apparent, often with salary as a sticking point rather than transfer fees for players as transfers fell through.
“I didn’t have any frustration or feeling that there was no alignment,” the Celtic manager said. “I had full support the whole way. I will keep doing it until someone taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘enough is enough.’ If you compare us to similarly sized clubs in Europe and look at their models, those that have an impact at Champions League level – and by impact I don’t mean winning it but constantly being there and potentially making the knockout endgame – there are a few constants there.
“The first is that they’re still in the Champions League. Obviously that’s a key part of it. But they’re also very aggressive with their trading. That’s how you make those big financial leaps that need to be In this context, you have to be agile and seize opportunities when they arise.