"We know what we need"; Celtic boss' January transfer hint

By Euan Davidson

November 10, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has insisted he knows what the club needs from the January transfer window.

The Bhoys have been heavily linked to J League stars Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda. The latter was recently praised by 129-cap Japan legend Yuto Nagatomo, himself a veteran of European football.

Of course, any Celtic boss is going to be linked with a litany of names. With Ange Postecoglou’s rebuild still in effect, there’s plenty of speculation around who could be in and out the door at Paradise.

Addressing the speculation about his transfer activity for January, and how he assessed the current squad, Postecoglou said [Herald]:

“There will be plenty of names before January. We are working towards then and we know what we need.

“We want to make sure we are well organised long before then, so we are going to identify targets and we will be talking to quite a few. But we are not negotiating or got close to signing anyone at the moment.

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“There will be plenty of people putting their name forward because I think this is an attractive destination at the moment.

“We are just focused on being organised in January.”

Celtic boss Postecoglou gearing up for big January window

If we’ve seen anything from Ange Postecoglou so far, it’s that he’s capable of crafting a squad in his image, and in barely any time.

That said, there have been so many injuries and changes of line-up that it’s actually quite hard to know where Celtic need significant strengthening, and where they could use back-up.

The departures of Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham mean we could definitely use another attacking midfielder. At left-back, Greg Taylor adapted well. Beyond him, though, there seems a carousel.

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That Juranovic is playing there probably doesn’t comfort Postecoglou long-term. That’s not what he was signed for.

Up front, things are clicking. Do you tinker with what works, or create even more options for yourself, with someone like Daizen Maeda?

Who will leave will be just as important. Clearly, some of the squad aren’t getting the game time they need. Or, sad as it is to say, they’re surplus to requirements at this stage.

It’ll be fascinating. And it’s comforting to know that Postecoglou has ideas up his sleeve.

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