Steven Gerrard has too many players at his disposal and Ange Postecoglou simply doesn’t have enough, which is a major concern ahead of his opening competitive game against Danish side FC Midtjylland in a Champions League first leg first round qualifier on Tuesday night.
We all expected a summer of upheaval at Celtic Park but as yet it hasn’t materialised which leaves the squad looking short on numbers as well as quality and a bit undercooked ahead of this huge game.
They say first impressions mean a lot so it will be interesting to see how Postecoglou’s new-look Celtic get on and how the Hoops fans will receive them.
Today’s friendly game against Preston North End will give the supporters an indication of the players he has available for Tuesday night as some have had very little action in pre-season so far.
Odsonne Edouard has missed the last two games, Ryan Christie hasn’t featured at all, James Forrest has been in isolation due to being a close contact of a positive Covid case and Tom Rogic has also been an absentee.
That quartet bring so much to Celtic in an attacking sense but Postecoglou could be deprived of them for one reason or another which would put his side severely at a disadvantage.
In recent days they have signed the young Israeli Liel Abada and Japanese international Kyogo Furuhashi, but they are unlikely to be available immediately.
Postecoglou might just find out how difficult his job is going to be on Tuesday night.