ANGE POSTECOGLOU says that he perhaps wasn’t forceful enough to make the Celtic board understand the urgency in getting players in, after watching his side crash out of the Champions League against FC Midtjylland.

The Celtic manager couldn’t fault the effort of his players as they went down 2-1 on the night after extra-time and 3-2 on aggregate, but conceded that a lack of experience and quality had been a major factor in their defeat.

And he has suggested that perhaps others higher up the food chain at the club perhaps didn’t understand the importance of getting players in on time to meet the challenge of the Champions League qualifiers.

“I still think it’s my responsibility,” Postecoglou said. “I’m the person who has been put in charge.

“We haven’t got players in. Obviously I haven’t done a good enough job convincing people we need to bring people in.

“I’m not going to shy away from it. I don’t say that because I’m some kind of martyr. I just think that’s my responsibility. That’s why I was brought in.

“I’ve tried to be as forceful as I can about what we need to bring in. The challenges we’ve had are well chronicled, but irrespective of the result, we had a really young squad out there with young players on the bench, that’s not the situation we need to be in.

“Maybe I wasn’t clear enough, I don’t know. I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying we need more players in.

“The club is working hard to get players in. We talk endlessly about the challenges we are facing. 

 “For our supporters they just want to see us bring reinforcements in that we need. 

 “I’ve just got to keep reinforcing my views on it as strongly as I possibly can.”