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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has pleaded with the club’s board to strengthen the squad this summer after the Bhoys’ Champions League hopes were dashed by Danish side FC Midtjylland.
The Scottish giants crashed out of Champions League qualifying at the first hurdle after a 3-2 aggregate defeat to the Danes.
Postecoglou joined the club earlier this summer and immediately stressed the need for reinforcements after Steven Gerrard’s Rangers romped to the title last term.
However, the 55-year-old has been left unimpressed by the Bhoys’ business so far, with the club concluding five deals so far totaling £13m.
But Postecoglou says he will have to state his case to the club’s board again as perhaps he did not make it ‘clear’ the size of the rebuild that was required at Parkhead.
‘Again, maybe I wasn’t clear enough [with the board] – I don’t know,’ said Postecoglou.
‘I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying we need more players in.
‘The club’s working hard to get those players in. We talk endlessly about the challenges we face but again for our supporters they just want to see us bring more reinforcements in that we need
‘I’ve just got to reinforce my views on it as strongly as I can.’
The defeat means Celtic have failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages in four of the last five seasons.
The knock-on effect that has on the Bhoys’ finances are significant but Postecoglou insists he takes responsibility for the defeat and cannot blame a lack of new signings.
‘I still think it’s my responsibility. I’m the person who has been put in charge,’ he said.
‘We haven’t got players in. Obviously I haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we need to bring people in.
‘I’m not going to shy away from it. I don’t say that because I’m some kind of martyr.
‘I just think that’s my responsibility. That’s why I was brought in. I’ve tried to be as forceful as I can about what we need to bring in.
‘The challenges we’ve had are well chronicled, but irrespective of the result, we had a really young squad out there with young players on the bench, that’s not the situation we need to be in.’
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Source: Metro Sport