Scots pundit excited by 'brilliant' Celtic transfer news
Alan Hutton has suggested Ange Postecoglou’s plans to focus on youth development will receive a mixed response from Celtic fans.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender suggested the board would be thrilled but fans would be worried by the absence of an ambitious transfer plan.
In his first interview as Celtic boss, Postecoglou revealed his desire to develop homegrown talent at Parkhead.
“I’m a big believer that, if you can produce homegrown talent & players who have come through the club, there’s extra meaning to represent that football club for the player"
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 10, 2021
He stated he wanted to get “really involved” in the academy and give young talent an opportunity.
Hutton admitted while Celtic chiefs might back his plans, supporters would not want to wait to see the club close the gap to Rangers.
Asked if he thought Postecoglou’s desire to focus on youth would have impressed the board, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. Of course it will, it means they don’t have to spend money ultimately.
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“That’s great for a long-term plan, that’s brilliant because that’s what your academy is there for. It’s there to bring talent through into the first team. So yes, of course that ticks a lot of boxes.
“The problem with that is you’ve just been beat comfortably in the league last year. Celtic had a really poor season and the fans want that turnaround now, not in three, four years’ time.
“They don’t want to wait for Rangers to win three, four titles in row, Scottish Cups, League Cups, with Celtic just lagging behind in second place. They want to win now, from the start of the season.
“That’s the problem he’s got. If he’s got a four or five-year plan of bringing through youth, that’s brilliant news. It’s exactly what you want to hear, especially as a youth player.
“But he’s really going to have to start early on with his main team winning the league. It’s as simple as that and the fans won’t take any less.”
Centre-back Stephen Welsh was the most notable breakthrough talent for the Bhoys last term.
The 21-year-old featured 21 times across all competitions for the Glasgow giants.