Report: Celtic at work on securing two new midfielders in January transfer window

By Euan Davidson

November 19, 2021

Celtic are getting to work on adding to their midfield in the January transfer window, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Mail state [print edition 19/11/21, p.86] that two new midfielders are being targeted by the club for the January transfer window. Reo Hatate and Danny Mandroiu have been linked in recent weeks.

However, Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has said there’s been no contact from Celtic for Mandroiu. The Rovers’ top scorer was prominently linked to the club in a report from the Scottish Sun this week.

Hatate, meanwhile, has set tongues wagging in Japan. His emotional response after a Kawasaki Frontale match sparked rumours he’d be leaving the J League champions.

Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy’s name has re-emerged in time for January [Daily Mail]. As has speculation over Brazilian talent Fernando Henrique, of Gremio.

Who the two specific players are, the Scottish Daily Mail didn’t say. However, it’s clear that there will be business done at Celtic in the January transfer window.

Ange Postecoglou, though, isn’t chasing anyone away. The Celtic manager believes that everyone in his squad has a chance, even if they’re not first-team regulars.

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Celtic absolutely need to add bite in midfield during January transfer window

There have been concerning moments in the midfield for Celtic this season. When Callum McGregor was out injured, neither of James McCarthy or Ismaila Soro were particularly impressive.

There’s still time for summer arrival McCarthy to make a more lasting positive impression, of course. However, that move seems misguided in hindsight.

Nir Bitton has proved himself worthy of selection in recent games, with the absence of Tom Rogic pushing Callum McGregor forward. There’s a real lack of creative options, however. Beyond Rogic and Turnbull, ingenuity in the midfield in terms of a number 10 is scarce.

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Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Christie both left in the summer. Christie looked as if he could’ve fit seamlessly into Postecoglou’s plans, but Bournemouth came calling.

Ntcham, meanwhile, was released, and is now at Swansea City. Whether he could’ve made an impression under Postecoglou, we’ll never know. What we do know, though, is that Celtic need options in the immediate future.

Potentially exciting times, then. January transfer window should be a busy one for Celtic.

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