The state of play with one week until the transfer window closes

The biggest seven days of Ange Postecoglou's young Celtic career is now. The Australian will travel with his team to Holland for the Europa League Play-off Second leg against AZ Alkmaar before a trip to Ibrox, for the first Glasgow derby of the season. As if that wasn't enough excitement, the summer window will be closed this time next week.


These are the kind of occasions that Big Ange seems to live for but let's take a look at the current squad and potential signings as we approach the end of the month.


Goalkeeper


The signing of Joe Hart has been the breath of fresh air that this position needed. The experienced Englishman has slotted seamlessly into the number one spot with some commanding performances highlighting his shot stopping and leadership qualities.


Recent speculation hinted that Vasillis Barkas would be playing his football away from Parkhead this season after failing to impress in his time at the club. There doesn't appear to be any concrete offers at this stage however.


Defence


The signing of Josip Juranovic was a long-time coming and much needed. He will now compete with Ralston for the right wing-back spot - rather than claim it automatically as many of us thought just a few weeks ago.


On the other wing, Liam Scales will move from Shamrock Rovers before the window closes. It's looking very likely that Celtic will be his destination although there has been no confirmation of that just yet. Boli Bolingoli has not had a sniff yet this season with Ange giving young Adam Montgomery his opportunity to impress ahead of him, so it wouldn't be a shock to see the Belgian moved on.


At centre-back, both Carl Starfelt and Osaze Uroghide have joined the squad and we have since been linked with Ko Itakura, who recently joined Schalke on loan, and Spurs man Cameron Carter-Vickers, but it doesn't appear we are far down the track here.


Currently Dane Murray, Nir Bitton and the injured Christopher Jullien are our other options in this position, although Scales can also operate here (if signed). It remains to be seen if the vacant number five jersey will be filled before the end of the month.


Midfield


James McCarthy and Liam Shaw have both been added to the squad in what is probably our strongest position.


Speculation remains on the future of Ryan Christie, whose contract expires in December. The Scotland international has been in fine form for Postecoglou so far this season and the move to give him the armband after the St Mirren game was a little sign of just how valued he is to the team.


Burnley, Southampton and Sampdoria have all been sniffing around but an improved contract from Celtic, coupled with the incentive of being a key player in the Postecoglou revolution, could be enough to keep him at Parkhead for a little bit longer.


St Johnstone's Ali McCann has been touted as a potential future-Celt after some impressive performances in Europe, but I don't think we can expect that signing in this transfer window.


Attack


Obviously, the dynamic duo of Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada have rejuvenated the Celtic frontline this season, but there's still plenty of speculation of acquisitions for this position and it could be one where we see further movements.


Firstly, it seems that we are now favourites again for Greek striker, Giorgos Giakoumakis. Earlier in the week it looked like Werder Bremen had won the race for his signature but it now looks like the two clubs can't agree terms and Celtic are frontrunners again.


We also know that Thomas Henry will not be joining Celtic as he has signed for Italian outfit Venezia.


The Griffiths/Nisbet swap speculation seems to be just that as Hibees boss, Jack Ross, branded it 'nonsense'.


Kristijan Lovric is another name who has been heavily linked to Celtic this window and seems to have only gathered pace since signing his fellow countryman Juranovic.


On top of all of this, and probably the determining factor, is the future of Odsonne Edouard. The classy Frenchman is in the final year of his contract and has been linked with moves to the EPL with Brighton and Crystal Palace.


The London club appear favourites at this moment if he is to move on, but his recent performances, playing with a smile on his face and linking up beautifully with Kyogo could be a determining factor is his short-term future.


Who do you think will enter and exit the Parkhead gates before the window closes? Let us know in the comments below.