Celtic’s priorities at the moment must be to bed in the 12 first-team players they signed during the summer.
After all, the Hoops have witnessed their worst start to a campaign for 23 years, so Ange Postecoglou clearly has a lot of work still to do behind the scenes.
That being said, the Australian coach already has one eye on what he might do in the January window.
He has already revealed that he’ll be keeping a close eye on the J-League for new talent after Kyogo Furuhashi’s arrival was a roaring success. The Japanese striker is currently injured but has scored seven times in nine appearances for Celtic already.
However, Postecoglou might also look closer to home and bring another player with Irish connections to Parkhead.
Celtic explored the idea of signing Robbie Brady this summer but ultimately decided against landing the out-of-contract winger.
He was reportedly in line to join Olivier Ntcham at Swansea before a move collapsed, which has opened the door for the Bhoys to swoop in.
We’ve explored the pros of signing Brady on FFC, focusing on his versatility and ability to feature at left-back, an area where the club are stretched for options.
However, if Celtic want to add genuine quality to the squad, there are better alternatives elsewhere.
Kristijan Lovric’s name springs to mind when making this argument. The Hoops have held an interest in the Gorica attacker for a while now and even had a bid rejected in the winter of 2019/20.
They returned to the negotiating table this summer and held talks with intermediaries over a move but nothing materialised, but with Lovric in devastating form for Gorica again this term, Celtic simply must revive their interest in January.
Crucially, he’s similar to Ryan Christie as well. Celtic have undeniably missed the 26-year-old since he left for Bournemouth, with the Hoops winning just 50% of their matches after his departure. They have also lacked a cutting edge in goal, something which was exemplified by a 1-0 loss to Livingston.
One of Christie’s best and worst habits was creating goalscoring opportunities for himself, but fortunately that’s an area where Lovric thrives. For instance, the 25-year-old takes more shots at goal than all but one of the 1,133 wingers in the Celtic Analysis database.
His pace and dynamism is also something which sets him apart from their other target Brady. This stunning review from HNTV commentator Damir Petravic paints a vivid picture of his playing style: “He dribbles and scores in the style of Robben, shoots free throws like Pirlo or Pjanic, and knows how to sprint like Mbappe.”
With that in mind, Celtic would be foolish to ignore him in January.
Rated at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, he would cost more than Brady, who is available on a free transfer, but Postecoglou has funds available after selling Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer.