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Ange unfazed by Mariners' January sales

As the Central Coast Mariners become the hottest shopping destination since eBay, Melbourne Victory's Ange Postecoglou is tired of all the crying before the buying.

Postecoglou says he has no sympathy for the Mariners, who the Victory meet in Launceston on Saturday evening in a top-of-the-table A-League clash.

The competition-leading Mariners have become the football world's one-stop shop, with midfielder Tomas Rogic already training with Scottish club Celtic and several others bound for trials and transfers in the next few weeks.

But Postecoglou says the Mariners are travelling well even with their stars in the shop window, and says the business of selling, losing and replacing players is part of the game.

"It seems like there's a lot of bleeding hearts out there feeling for a team that's top of the table," Postecoglou told reporters on Friday.

"Everyone's got sympathy for them. I don't.

"They're doing a pretty good job. If they lose a couple of players, so be it.

"I've never seen so much crying over spilt milk over a team that's top of the table in my whole life."

The Victory are set to make their own foray into the transfer market to replace injured star Gui Finkler, but Postecoglou says the club won't be rushed into filling his spot.

There has also been movement the other way, with the Victory offloading defender Petar Franjic and Julius Davies this week.

Midfielder Davies has already signed with Brisbane Roar, while Franjic looks like heading to Thailand's Bangkok Glass under Australian coach Phil Stubbins.

Against Central Coast, Postecoglou is likely to persist with Spase Dilevski in the midfield void created by Finkler's serious knee injury.

Mariners' goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who continues to be linked with a move to Danish club Randers, is set to play after a minor shoulder injury scuttled trial plans with Scottish lower league side Rangers.

Striker Bernie Ibini will also play against the Victory, before leaving for a trial with Belgium's Club Brugge where Socceroo greats Frank Farina and Paul Okon had successful stints as players.

The Victory-Mariners match at Launceston's Aurora Stadium will also raise money for those affected by the Tasmanian bushfires.

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