Ange Postecoglou remains intent on adding to his Celtic squad as the Hoops prepare for their Europa League showdown against Jablonec at Parkhead on Friday morning (AEST).
Leading 4-2 after the first leg of the third-round qualifier in the Czech Republic, Celtic’s confidence is high, particularly on the back of last weekend’s 6-0 Scottish premiership thrashing of Dundee.
However, former Socceroos boss Postecoglou won’t allow complacency to creep into his team, who after a tough start to the season have found some much-needed form.
“We’ve still got a long way to go,” Postecoglou said.
“We’re not going to win 6-0 every week. It might be 1-0, but we want to show that level of intent in every game.
“For us to be the team I want us to be we need to do it consistently for 90 minutes and over a series of games. We’re nowhere near it yet.”
Postecoglou also stressed the importance of a good run in Europe for Celtic.
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“European football is very important to us,” he said.
“We’ve got ourselves into a good position (against Jablonec) and there’s going to be a packed house here.
“I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere and I’m sure the players are looking forward to it. It’s a good opportunity for us to keep the momentum going.”
Apart from preparing his side for the second leg against Jablonec, Postecoglou is also working hard to further strengthen Celtic’s squad with new signings.
The latest transfer target is 26-year-old French striker Thomas Henry, who has started the season in fine form for his Belgian club OH Leuven.
Henry, who has scored three goals in three games this season, has a reported transfer fee of more than $A13m.
It’s a fee that Celtic are reportedly happy to pay, particularly with the expected sale of current Hoops marksman Odsonne Edouard.
Meanwhile, 64-year-old former Celtic manager and Scotland great Gordon Strachan has rejoined the club in a three-month consultancy role.
Strachan – who will also continue his duties as Dundee’s technical director – will focus on the development of Celtic’s football academy, women’s team and “B” team.
“I am really looking forward to returning to the club to assist in these areas,” Strachan said. “The development of young players and seeing them improve and grow is a real passion for me, and I will do anything I can to support the club in these areas.”
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