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Celtic eyeing January midfield addition

Scottish champions Celtic are reportedly plotting a move to bolster their ranks in January, with manager Ange Postecoglou seemingly eyeing a new midfield recruit.

What’s the word?

According to Football Insider, the Old Firm outfit are said to have set aside a ‘significant’ sum in order to splash out on a new central midfielder in the winter window, with the title-winning coach set to receive further backing from the Hoops’ hierarchy.

The report suggests that the Parkhead giants are targeting a ‘proven’ asset who can line up in front of the back four, despite having only just brought in the likes of Aaron Mooy and Oliver Abildgaard over the summer.

Postecoglou has only recently confirmed that the Glasgow side have already shifted their attention towards the upcoming window, with the January market having proven fruitful last term as the likes of Matt O’Riley, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate all arrived through the door.

Ditch Ideguchi

That influx of talent also included Japanese midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, although unlike the names mentioned above, the 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact in his new surroundings, having become something of a forgotten figure at Celtic Park.

The arrival of a new acquisition could well be the final straw with regard to the diminutive dud’s time at the club, having previously been tipped for a departure over the summer amid his struggles for game time.

That lack of impact has largely been due to injury, however, with the former Gamba Osaka man having sustained a knee issue just a matter of weeks into his time in Scotland, ensuring that the 15-cap machine went on to make just six appearances in all competitions in the tail-end of last season.

A further complaint at the start of the current campaign has again kept the 5-foot-7 playmaker restricted to a watching brief, with the one-time Leeds United man having failed to make an appearance thus far, albeit while featuring on the bench in three of the club’s last four games.

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To not even earn a single minute of action in the League Cup victory over Motherwell last week has seemingly emphasised just how far down the pecking order the £15.5k-per-week outcast is at present, with any new addition only set to further harm his slim chance of involvement.

Should a fresh face arrive at Celtic Park in the New Year, it could well be the ideal time for Postecoglou to ditch his struggling asset, even if Ideguchi’s current deal is set to run until 2026.

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