Ange Postecoglou has tackled midfield balance in Callum McGregor’s absence and bedding in our summer recruits.
The Bhoys coach has been more cautious with recent additions than he was last year due to squad depth.
Fans of Alexandro Bernabei and Oliver Abildgaard have had to be patient, but more is coming.
Matt O’Riley and others have performed well in McGregor’s absence, but Postecoglou says the Dane will be more engaged going forward.
The manager remarked [19/10, 17:48]:
“I’m really pleased. Obviously Callum is such a massive influence at this football club on and off the field, but aside from that, he’s a very good player. The way we play that position is really important.
“When we signed Matt O’Riley we kind of knew he could play either one. With Callum being there we pushed him further up and I thought he really adapted to that role well. But in the back of my mind I had a feeling he could play that area. He’s really growing into it and becoming more of an influence. I’m really pleased he’s handling it well.
“With Mooy and Bernabei and even with Haksabanovic, and probably Abildgaard will come into it a bit – we’ve taken our time with those guys. They missed pre-season or were new to the club. Last season was a bit of a unique situation where we just threw guys in.
“We were always confident as the season goes on, and they got more game time and understanding about how we play that they’d make an impact. I’m sure that they will from now on and get better for it.”
With matches forthcoming, Abildgaard might make his Celtic debut in the coming weeks.
Postecoglou is increasing his exposure, exactly like he did with Mooy earlier this season.
The 26-year-old may not start against Hearts, but he’s close to making an impact.