How could Ange Postecoglou replace the Celtics' very own Wizard of Oz? A footballer with exceptional technical ability, vision, and flair throughout Scottish football? The answer to that particular question, it appears, is with more of the same.
After the expiration of his contract at Shanghai Port FC, another spell-binding Australian capable of pulling the cast of Watership Down out of a hat. Aaron Mooy, who was rumoured to have played in Postecoglous' number one midfield partnership during his first season at the helm, has joined the Hoops for the first time.
Mooy, who was previously from Huddersfield Town and Brighton, becomes the Celtics' sixth signing of the summer. And he was not far behind.
Moritz Jenz, like Mooy, has been on Postecoglous' radar for the better part of 12 months. He was confirmed as a Celtic player on Tuesday afternoon, joining from Ligue 1 club FC Lorient.
Im so glad to have brought Aaron and Moritz as well as Postecoglou beams in our squad. They'll certainly make excellent additions to our squad.
Aaron is well-known from his time coaching the Australian national team. Weve been aware of him for a while, and I'm glad we've been able to sign him.
I know that our supporters will be looking forward to seeing them both wear a Celtic jersey.
Attention will now be turned to a defensively-minded, ball-winning number six, capable of digging into a Nir Bitton-shaped hole in Postecoglous' engine room.
Celtic have apparently chosen Argentina U23 international Fausto Vera as their number one target after losing out on top target Vinicius Souza to Espanyol (HBVL).
Fausto is a proven player with a lot of interest, according to Veras' agent Kristian Bereit.
We are currently working with the board of directors to, hopefully, reach an agreement on his leaving.
Vera tells TYC Sport that he's ready for a fresh adventure on the other side of the Atlantic. These remarks came just a few days after Argentinos Juniors president Cristian Malaspina admitted: "When there is an offer that cannot be rejected, we have to negotiate."
Malaspina adds that nobody is irreplaceable. In addition, (defensive midfield) is a position in which we are well-covered. We are calm.
The question is, how does Postecoglou fit Mooy, Vera, and Jenz into an already solid Celtic XI?
Jenz's ability to use the ball at his feet means the Berlin-born centre-half should have little difficulty adapting to life under a forward-thinking, possession-orientated coach like Postecoglou. He will provide cover for Anthony Ralston and Josip Juranovic at full-back.
Jenz's willingness to model himself after Leonardo Bonucci and Jerome Boateng speaks volumes.
Callum McGregor, the Celtics' forever-overworked captain, is the man to benefit from the potential arrivals of Vera and Mooy. He has played more than 50 games for club and country every single season since 2017/18. Its o surprise he was so exhausted at times. Finding a way to reduce McGregors workload would make a difference to his longevity.
Vera, dubbed one of Argentina's top midfielders, might provide a disciplined defensive shield in front of an often dangerous backline. This would also enable McGregor to influence things further forward.
Mooy is expected to compete with Riley McGree, Reo Hatate, and David Turnbull for one of the two number eight positions in Postecoglous' preferred 4-1-2-3 formation.
If there was one criticism of Celtic in 2021/22, it was the substantial decrease in quality between Postecoglous' first XI and his backup options. The arrivals of Jenz, Mooy, and possibly Vera would all help to correct this problem.