Alan Hutton has dropped a teasing claim regarding Ange Postecoglou’s remaining January transfer business at Celtic.
In a recent interview with Football Insider, the former Premier League defender stated his belief that, despite the Hoops already signing five players this month, the Bhoys boss could still look to make further additions to his Parkhead playing ranks before the closure of the current market.
Speaking about Celtic’s transfer business, Hutton said: “He’s outlined his targets, got them in early – and he’s been proved right with their performances. He’s done a brilliant job. The ideal situation is to get them in early doors so you can mould and work with the players.
“Whether they’re done in the transfer window, I’m not so sure… I’m sure if there’s a deal to be had and somebody pops up to improve the squad – I’m sure they’ll pull the trigger. He’s outlined the main areas in his squad that he wanted to improve and Postecoglou has delivered right away – so fair play.”
Postecoglou has already landed Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, Johnny Kenny and Matt O’Riley so far this month, and should he have more irons in the fire regarding January signings – as Hutton suggests – it would undoubtedly be an outcome which would leave the Parkhead faithful buzzing.
Indeed, the Hoops have been linked with a number of further targets this month, such as Ahmed Kendouci and Mehdi Ghayedi, as well as trying to make both Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota‘s loan deals permanent transfers.
Also, Pete O’Rourke has stated his belief in a recent interview with Give Me Sport that Celtic could still do with greater depth in midfield. The journalist said: “I think central midfield is the priority for Celtic right now.”
However, unless Celtic can offload some of their fringe players in the next few days, it would appear a rather unlikely scenario that Postecoglou continues to bring in further fresh faces to Parkhead. Still, considering how quickly the O’Riley deal came about, perhaps Hutton could be right in his prediction.