Date: 19th June 2009 at 8:47am
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Celtic boss Tony Mowbray could bring in new players quickly as he attempts to build a squad that can “give the fans some quality, attacking football”, according to his number two Mark Venus.

Mowbray, who has already stated he is inspired by technical sides such as Barcelona and Spain and wants to work hard on the training ground to improve Celtic’s skill-level, is expected to focus on team players and not just individual stars.

The Daily Express quoted Venus as saying: “We’ve started organising things already ahead of the new season. We’re hoping to build something here and give the fans something to really shout about.

“It’s a different challenge for us and the expectation level is higher than we’ve experienced at any other club. We only know one way to play and sometimes that was to our detriment at West Brom, where it maybe cost us a few points.

“But the bottom line is it’s what we believe in. We play from the front and we want to give the fans some quality, attacking football and some new players to shout about.”

Those words are surely music to the ears of fans, especially those feeling downtrodden by the Strachan Years¬©, but hopefully Venus is right when he states ‘It should be a little bit easier to attract players to Celtic than it was at West Brom’.

Nobody would doubt Celtic are a “bigger” club than West Brom but, realistically and thanks to the bloated English Premier League, Mowbray’s ability to attract players may not be much better now than it was last season. Even if cash is available for transfers, wages are a different issue entirely.

And, no matter the dreams and aspirations of the management team, it will be down to the suits to decide how much cash to hand Mowbray. After spending ¬£2million securing Mowbray and more cash for his coaching team, the amount of money the new boss is given will speak volumes about Celtic’s ambition.

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