McLeish: Celtic have an edge in signing battle - thanks to Postecoglou
Alex Mcleish insists Ange Postecoglou’s knowledge of Asian football can give Celtic an edge in their transfer dealings this summer.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the new Hoops boss’ recent transfer comments.
Postecoglou is quoted by The Scotsman (27th June) as saying Celtic “will focus on” signing players from Asia and South America.
The new Hoops boss also insisted there is “fantastic talent” in the region.
Postecoglou has extensive knowledge of that part of the world after managing Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos.
He has also managed Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar in Australia.
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McLeish has no problem with Postecoglou looking in Asia and insisted his knowledge will give Celtic an edge.
“If that’s his knowledge, then why not look there?” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He knows those countries. He’s not daft and he’s obviously watched the Scottish league and Premier League in his time.
“Every coach watches all the games they can. The difference for him is he’s actually coached in them.
“He knows the level and he can evaluate who’s good enough to play in Scotland.
“That’s when the recruitment will become of utterly high importance.”
Postecoglou is finally getting to work as Celtic boss after having to quarantine upon his arrival in the UK.
The Hoops are yet to make a senior addition to the first team following the conclusion of last season.