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Postecoglou reveals Celtic’s transfer plan

Ange Postecoglou hopes guaranteed Champions League football can open up some new markets if Celtic clinch the title, but he is not planning to rip up his transfer strategy and start again.

UEFA this week confirmed the Scottish champions will go straight into the group stages, with Celtic all but assured of the title if they beat Hearts on Saturday.

Rangers could join them by winning the Europa League, but Celtic will not start making short-term decisions on spending an estimated STG40 million ($A70 million) windfall.

Postecoglou, whose side started in the Champions League qualifiers on July 20 last year, said: “It’s a great opportunity for us, not just to build, but we can structure our whole pre-season program a little bit differently to what we have in recent years.

“There’s a whole host of things that go along with it and, should we get over the line and get direct qualification, it gives us a real good opportunity to strategically plan next season with some certainty.”

Postecoglou, who this week welcomed the appointment of Mark Lawwell as head of recruitment, added: “We know the areas we need to strengthen both on and off the field, and we have identified the areas that we need to recruit players in and get the squad to be stronger.

“I don’t think being in the Champions League changes that too much from my perspective. It may make us a more attractive proposition for players who want to come to our club.

“That might open up another market for us. But it’s not like we go from the club we are to a club that will spend on a different level.

“We want to replicate the success we have had in the transfer market by making sure we identify the right type of player rather than just looking for players in a different price bracket.

Celtic will go nine points and at least 20 goals clear of Rangers if they beat Hearts, but the visitors have nothing to lose after sealing third spot already.

“Every game against them has been a good game. But we sit where we are because of our own performances and we have had to overcome some pretty determined challenges in recents.”

The Australian also praised arch-rivals Rangers for making the Europa League final by beating RB Leipzig.

“They have done awfully well and have deserved it. It’s been a tough week for them with the passing of Jimmy Bell.

“Whenever you work inside a football club and lose someone who has been such an integral part of the fabric, it must have been a tough week, particularly for the players and staff who dealt with him.”

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