Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has revealed he is already sounding out targets to bring to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
In recent comments cited by the Daily Record, the 56-year-old manager claimed that he is already targeting a number of players in the Japanese market ahead of the winter window, following the success of summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi.
However, the Bhoys boss went on to claim that it’s not just the J-League he will be tapping up for new additions to his squad, as well as suggesting that the club have started talks with a number of targets in an effort to complete deals more efficiently in the window.
Speaking about his plans for January, Postecoglou said: “It’s no secret we still need to add to the squad. We were never going to do it in one transfer window, especially when you look at the significant exits we had.
“It was always going to be a two or three window process so we’re looking at January at the moment. We know the areas we need to bolster. It’s about getting more players that I believe can play the type of football we want to play. That’s what we’re trying to target. We will definitely be adding something to the squad.
“Japan is one of the markets we’ll be looking at. Obviously, I know it really well and they will get to the end of their season, which is a good time if there’s anyone who will fit into our set-up. We will be looking everywhere. The last window was frantic. This time we want to be planning well in advance.
“We’ve identified targets and begun discussions before we get to January so that we can conclude deals a lot quicker than we did in the previous window.”
While Celtic’s win at Aberdeen on Sunday saw the Bhoys end their unwanted record of having failed to secure a win away from Parkhead this season, the club’s results so far in the current campaign are clear evidence that Postecoglou needs further reinforcements in order to progress the Hoops’ transition under the Greek-Australian manager.
Indeed, at present, Celtic find themselves languishing down in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership table, having already suffered three defeats in the league.
The picture does not look much better in Europe, with the Bhoys having conceded eight goals and recorded two losses over their two Europa League fixtures this term – leaving the club rooted to the foot of the Group G standings, and looking highly unlikely to make it to the knockout stages of the competition.
As such, the news that Postecoglou and Celtic have already begun their planning for the January transfer window is sure to have fans buzzing, as it is clear that following a number of high profile departures this summer, the current Celtic squad is some way short of being at the standard required.