Celtic have already bettered recent January windows; it's only a week in

By Euan Davidson

January 7, 2022

We’re now a full week into the January transfer window with Celtic, and the club have bettered the last two by a significant margin.

Ange Postecoglou has hit the ground running. With Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda, the club showed some incredible intent. With Johnny Kenny from Sligo sure to arrive soon, there’s another player who could be a real asset.

Meanwhile, talks over Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers show some real foresight and conviction. The duo have been excellent since arriving on loan from Benfica and Tottenham Hotspur respectively. Not only that, the Hoops did some extra work in the summer to get us here; a place where two players with obvious quality and resale value can be picked up permanently.

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Even if little else happened after the J League trio of signings, it’d be a vast improvement. In 19-20, Celtic landed Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro. The former is at New York Red Bulls, having barely played for the Bhoys. The latter hasn’t had a significant look-in this season.

Last season was even less productive. Jonjoe Kenny on loan [Sky Sports].

With both incomings and outgoings, Celtic have done a significantly better job a week into a January transfer window than we’ve seen in some time.

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Celtic acting with intent this January transfer window is timely and important

Given what’s at stake, adding real quality to the squad is so important. And we’ve already done that, before the window even started. That’s so positive.

The last time we saw Celtic really go for it in a January transfer window was 18-19, when a flurry of names came through. Vakoun Bayo, Maryan Shved, Andrew Gutman, Manny Perez, Oli Burke, Timo Weah and Jeremy Toljan all joined, the last three on loan.

Of those, you could suggest that just one has improved since being at Celtic. Timo Weah has a Ligue 1 title to his name with Lille. The rest have all either left without making an impact, or weren’t worth signing up permanently.

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It’s not all down to Ange Postecoglou, of course, but there’s an obvious vision with transfers. And it’s not saying, either, that it’s a slam-dunk and the trio of J League talents who’ve arrived are going to be an automatic success. But the approach is more concentrated, less scatter-gun and clearly more well thought-out.

If Jota and Carter-Vickers sign up permanently, then it takes the transfer window beyond anything we’ve seen for January business.

But even at this point, it’s not wild to suggest that Celtic are having their most productive start to a year in a considerable time.

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