Ange Postecoglou offers World Cup scouting clue as Celtic transfer links arise

By Lewis Laird

November 24, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has already given a brief insight into his World Cup plans after the Hoops were linked with Canadian right-back Alistair Johnston.

The prestigious tournament got underway last weekend, with the best players and nations from around the world facing off in Qatar.

The 57-year-old was always likely to keep his eye on the tournament, with four members of his current squad participating.

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However, there is also an opportunity for managers and recruitment staff to keep a close eye on any players that might have caught their interest ahead of the January transfer window.

On Wednesday evening, the Bhoys were linked with their first player currently performing at the tournament as reports suggested a move for Canadian right-back Alistair Johnston was at an advanced stage.

Johnston appears to be a player that Postecoglou has had his eye on for a while now, with the Hoops transfer planning being complete months in advance of the window.

Although that might be the case, the World Cup has still given the Celtic manager the chance to see Johnston take on some of the best players across the globe, including Kevin De Bruyne.

Before the Hoops links to Johnston had even come to light, the former Socceroos boss already hinted that the club may have an eye on a few participants at this year’s competition.

When speaking to the media, Postecoglou admitted that he would have a close eye on the World Cup from a personal standpoint but also on the Celtic transfer front.

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He said [Daily Record]: I’ll watch it (the World Cup). It’s one of those events you get engrossed in when it comes around.

“There are always great stories, and we’ve got a few participants in there. There might be a couple of others I’m looking at as well…”

Celtic’s early transfer planning looks to have paid off as Johnston handed opportunity to shine at World Cup.

As mentioned, the World Cup offers players like Johnston the opportunity to showcase their skills on a global stage, with millions of eyes on each game.

Several good performances in the group stage could see the Canadian defender attract plenty of interest, with clubs eyeing up moves for the January window.

However, Celtic appear to have moved quickly and look all set to welcome the 24-year-old to the club at the very beginning of the winter window.

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It just goes to show the positives that arise from planning well in advance for each transfer window, and this move could see the Bhoys pick up another fantastic deal.

I am sure Celtic supporters will now be keeping a close eye on Canada’s final two group-stage games as we look to get an indication of what Johnston will bring to the squad.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou may have a few more surprises up his sleeve as he watches over more potential transfer options at this World Cup.

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