Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will not take a winter break as he looks to strengthen for title chase | Football News

Ange Postecoglou won’t be taking a winter break as he tries to strengthen his Celtic squad for the title hunt.

The former Australia manager took the lead in his 36th game with Celtic on Boxing Day, as his side finished the first half of the season with a 3-1 win over St Johnstone.

He experienced ups, downs and big challenges in his first six months in Glasgow and the last hurdle came when a selection crisis left him without more than a full squad of players in Perth.

Postecoglou will not take a break

Celtic have come to the break with the League Cup back in their trophy room, a six-point deficit over Premiership leaders Rangers to target and a Europa Conference League match with Bodo / Glimt to look forward to.

Postecoglou will now be looking to get some new signings over the line as his medical team works to recover players and also uses some rare time on the training ground to further instill his tactics on the players.

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Highlights from the Scottish Premiership’s Boxing Day clash between St Johnstone and Celtic

“No break,” said the 56-year-old. “We keep moving forward. There is a lot to do.

“We have been working on it for a while, knowing that in January we had to strengthen the squad. This gives us the possibility, without matches, to move forward.

“We hope to receive good news in the new year and to bring reinforcements.

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi was forced to give up in the win at St Johnstone
Kyogo Furuhashi was forced to abandon victory at St Johnstone

“It has been a bit of a game recovery for a while now. Just to be able to work with the players and work on our game and keep pushing and helping our game, it will be a pivotal time for us and for the players. “

Postecoglou says he doesn’t need any personal downtime after enjoying Christmas morning with his family.

“I have some young people who were wreaking havoc with their Santa gifts,” he said. “And it was great.

“But look, I love what I do. I don’t need to pull the plug. Okay.

Jota injured his hamstring in Celtic's victory over Hearts
Jota injured his hamstring in Celtic’s victory over Hearts

“I have really enjoyed the first six months, however challenging they have been. I have enjoyed every minute and I know there are huge challenges ahead of me, so I can’t wait.

“I have a lot of energy. We will have plenty of time to turn off the mate when I’m old and gray.”

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