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Postecoglou: “I only want players who want to be here”

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou isn’t interested in trying to convince players to come to the club.

Here is what he said on the matter of Riley McGree choosing to go to Middlesbrough instead of taking the step up to come to Celtic: “It’s an indication for me this isn’t the right place for him.

It works both ways. I only want players who want to be here. I won’t try to convince any player to come and sign for this football club. I won’t.

If they can’t see the opportunities that exist here then that’s part of the deal for me.

It’s an easy decision. Everyone has their own free will to decide what’s best for them. But I’m not going to sell this club to anyone on its attributes or virtues.

If they can’t understand that in the first place then they’re probably not worth talking to from my perspective. With Riley McGree there weren’t a lot of discussions. There was a bit of interest but when it’s clear to me that they don’t want to come to us its fine. We don’t progress it from there.”

You have to respect Ange for his stance on this. Celtic are a massive club with a rich history and it’s a place where you can come and play in front of 60,000 passionate fans, win titles and play in Europe. Anyone who would prefer to play in England’s second tier division for a mediocre club instead, isn’t worth trying to convince otherwise, as clearly money is the only thing on their mind.

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