Celtic welcomed a handful of Japanese players to Parkhead during the previous summer and winter transfer windows.
Back in the summer, the Hoops secured the signing of Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in a deal worth around £5m.
Then, in late December, the trio of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi all moved to Parkhead to join Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
Looking ahead to the summer transfer window, which is set to open for business in the coming weeks, it seems as though history could be set to repeat itself at Lennoxtown in terms of Celtic’s potential plans.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Pete O’Rourke talked about the upcoming transfer window and the possibility of Postecoglou bringing in some more Japanese players to Parkhead.
The journalist and transfer insider said: “I think it’s definitely a market that’s served Celtic well in the last couple of transfer windows.
“The signings of Furuhashi, Hatate and Maeda have been key additions to the squad and have helped propel Celtic to the top of the Scottish Premiership.
“Postecoglou knows the Japanese market inside out, so he would be foolish not to look at it again and see if he can find players who can improve that Celtic squad.
“The big bonus with the Japanese market is that the signings are relatively cheap. There are not big price tags on these players, so it is something that would fit the Celtic remit as well.”
Taking into account how Furuhashi has been a pivotal figure for the Hoops since his arrival by racking up 18 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions, this is a prime example of why signing players from Japan can be very rewarding.
As for the winter recruits, Maeda and Hatate have scored a combined 10 league goals between them, once again showing how successful the Hoops’ transfer business has been.
With all this in mind, it will surely be very pleasing for the Celtic fans to hear that Postecoglou may look towards Japan once again to bring some new faces to the club for next season.
If any new players walk through the door this summer, and if they can replicate the same sort of impact that the likes of Furuhashi, Maeda and Hatate have had in the current campaign, this would give the Hoops a great chance of being successful once again in 2022/23.