What Ange has said about potential Iranian signings at Celtic as Iran are battered by England

By Hamish Carton

November 21, 2022

Iran may have endured a torrid afternoon against England at the 2022 World Cup, but the talent in the country is still on the mind of Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou doesn’t discriminate against any part of the world when conducting transfer business, as the signings of Reo Hatate, Alexandro Bernabei, Liel Abada and others have shown.

And while Hatate, Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda have all made an impact since moving from Japan, Postecoglou has his eyes on other parts of the continent.

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“Kyogo Furuhashi, for me, can play at the highest level,” he said in an Optus Sport interview in March.

“I had no doubt, but because he was coming from Japan, there’s always again, it’s because it’s the other side of the world. It’s an untapped market, it’s a lot easier to sign a South American player or a European player.

“I know the young players there, they want to be as successful as they possibly can. And, you know, the German league has had so many fantastic Japanese players playing there.

“But I go beyond Japan, I think Asian players in general, there’s players from Iran and Saudi Arabia that you think they could play in Europe very easily, top talents.

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Postecoglou also mentioned the Iranian talent pool in a meeting with fan media a year ago, so it is clear he is aware of the nation’s players.

With our boss now seeming to have complete authority on transfer matters, we can expect to see more signings made from unfashionable markets.

In other news, Asmir Begovic has been speaking about Celtic after yesterday’s friendly