Ange Postecoglou makes Celtic transfer promise as he insists he doesn’t need a break

Ange is refusing to take a holiday during the winter months, pressing ahead with the next phase of his Celtic reign.

Parkhead’s manager acknowledges that his first six months on the job were a blur.

Postecoglou is convinced that he will not take a break as he pushes through with his January recruitment plans.

Celtic have 20 days until their next match, but the manager remains unrelenting.

As he plots the second half of the season, he must close deals for important transfer targets such as J-League duo Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda.

Postecoglou said: “No breaks. We keep cracking on. There is plenty to do.

“We’ve been working on it for a while, knowing that we needed to strengthen the squad during January.

“This gives us a chance, with no games, to push along with that. Hopefully, we get some good news in the New Year and bring some reinforcements in.”

Players will have some rest in the coming days, but Ange believes the break in matches will benefit training programs and give Lennoxtown time to fine-tune their techniques.

He added: “It’s kind of been game-recovery for quite a while now.

“It’s going to be a crucial time for us and for the players. Just to be able to work with the players and work on our game and keep pushing and helping our game.”

Since taking over the team in the summer from Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Postecoglou has barely had a chance to catch his breath. He, on the other hand, is uninterested in taking the time to switch off.

He said: “Nah. I had a nice (Christmas) morning with my family.

“I’ve got some young ones who were causing chaos with their gifts from Father Christmas and that was great.

“But look, I love what I do. I don’t need to switch off. It’s fine.

“I’ve really enjoyed the first six months, as challenging as it has been. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I know there are massive challenges ahead so I’m looking forward to that.

“I’ve got plenty of energy. We’ll have plenty of time to switch off mate when I’m old and grey.”

Since his arrival, Postecoglou has had to cope with practically everything. Overhauling nearly an entire squad, major injury difficulties, adjusting to a new league, European fixtures, and the Covid epidemic have all caused headaches for clubs across the country.

Ange said: “It’s been hectic, for sure.

“From the moment I arrived. I don’t think there has been any sort of time when we’ve been able to relax.

“We’ve just had different challenges every week. At the beginning, it was throwing guys together, getting players in. We’ve had injuries, we’ve had all sorts.

“The schedule has been really tough. All along, we’ve been consistent and I’ve been consistent about not making excuses or allowances for the players.

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“I’ve just said to them: Let’s just show our character through all these things and they’ve been great. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. It’s been quick, for sure,

“It’s been a bit of a blur, but I’m loving every minute of it and I’m looking forward to the challenges of the new year.”