Ange Postecoglou already has an eye on the January transfer window at Celtic

By John McGinley

August 20, 2021

Ange Postecoglou will revisit trying to bring players from the J-League to Celtic in January when it’s easier to sign players from the division.

Japanese football is currently mid-season with many of the top players competing for honours both in Japan and continental competition.

That, coupled with any quarantine requirements, has made it difficult for the Bhoys to make their move for talents Postecoglou has identified.

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One player who has arrived is Kyogo Furuhashi. He’s taking Scottish football by storm so far, netting six goals in his first six appearances.

When asked about the possibility of following Kyogo up with one of his compatriots, Postecoglou said today, as quoted by The Daily Record: “I’ve been looking at it very closely. I know the Japanese market very well but it’s also a tricky time because they’re still mid-season. There’s a lot of players I’d love to have a look at closely and bring over, but I know it’ll be almost impossible to get them out.

“Clubs are still playing for the league, cup and Champions League so they’re very reluctant to let them go. Traditionally it’s always been easier to get them out during our winter break which is the end of their season. It’s a market I know well and there’s a lot of talent there people still haven’t realised.

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“That’s not to say they’ll all be at Kyogo’s level. I was super confident about him. He has dominated that league for the last three or four years. I was surprised he hadn’t left earlier to be honest.”

Using Postecoglou’s expertise in this area is obviously something Celtic should be looking at. Especially in the wake of Furuhashi’s impact.

If we can find another diamond or two for an affordable price it’ll go a long way to fixing the long-term issues in the Celtic squad.

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Postecoglou might even take a look at his old team Yokohama F.Marinos for a player or two, given they are used to his style of play and he’d trust them already.

I’m all for this, even if we have to wait until January.

In other news, Shane Duffy apologises to Celtic supporters; explains poor form.