Ange Postecoglou appointment could open the door for Celtic to explore new player markets

By David Walton

June 1, 2021

The potential Ange Postecoglou appointment at Celtic has certainly led to plenty of concern amongst the support.

The idea of him being an unknown is what worries many. This train of thought that he hasn’t been given an opportunity to work in Europe for a reason. That he’s spent all his days in Australia and Japan because he doesn’t have the credentials to manage in Europe.

Not one of those doubts are unsurprising. Granted, it would be ideal if, as a support, we can get behind the new man should he be announced. But there is one positive takeaway we can look at from him spending his days on the other side of the world. His knowledge and contacts could finally extend our transfer reach.

Last summer, Celtic largely used the British market to secure their signings. All seven of them came from Europe, with five coming from British clubs. The season beforehand? Again, every signing came from Europe with the vast majority from British clubs.

The last time we sourced a signing outside of the European landscape was when we secured Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez from the USA. Two players who, after joining in January 2019, have already left to go back home.

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Postecoglou appointment will hopefully allow Celtic to source talent from Australia and Japan

One of the key positives in securing Postecoglou will be his knowledge and contacts around both Australia and Japan. The former in particular appear to be extremely excited about the prospect of him taking over at Parkhead. If there are any promising talents there who could make an impact at Celtic Park, the idea of following him would surely attract.

We’ve only ever signed three senior Aussies in our history on permanent deals. Mark Viduka, Scott McDonald, and Tom Rogic. All three made differing levels of impact at the club, but all were classy, talented individuals. Only one came directly from the A-League.

55-year-old Postecoglou has spent the last three-and-a-half years working in Japan too. We’ve already listed three J-League players he could look to bring to Parkhead. However, given the success Bundesliga clubs in particular have had from sourcing in Asia – Japan in particular – it’s a market Celtic will hopefully be able to explore further.

Shunsuke Nakamura – a Celtic great (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

There has been a raft of Japanese players who have made a storming impact in Europe over the last decade. Takumi Minamino, Yuto Nagatomo, and Shoya Nakajima are just three examples of what can be plucked from the Land of the Rising Sun. Not to mention Shunsuke Nakamura, Celtic’s greatest ever Asian player, made his mark with Reggina before signing for the Hoops and tearing things up.

There’s a wealth of talent around Japan at the moment that needs to be looked at. Look around some of Europe’s top clubs at the moment and you’ll see young Japanese players in their system. Takefusa Kubo of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Hiroki Abe being prime examples. It’s far too long since we’ve taken a delve ourselves into the Asian market as a whole. Hopefully, Postecoglou can come with some fresh ideas and source some useful talents from his former base.

It would certainly be more refreshing than loan signings from bottom-six EPL clubs.

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