The transfer window has been shut for a matter of six days but Celtic are already planning who they want to bring to Parkhead in January.
Considering the Hoops signed no fewer than 12 first-team players throughout the summer months, you wouldn’t be rude if you told Ange Postecoglou to calm down a little when the next window opens.
That being said, Postecoglou is attempting to rebuild Celtic after a disastrous 2020/21 campaign where they failed to win a single trophy.
As well as signing players who are first-team ready, he’s explored the avenue of making the reserve team better.
With the additions of Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and Bosun Lawal, important additions have clearly been made.
Looking ahead to the winter months, it’s another young player that the manager has set his sights on.
Football Insider reported towards the end of last week that they were eyeing a deal for Solihull Moors striker Kyle Hudlin.
Currently playing in the National League – the fifth tier of English football – this doesn’t look like a particularly eye-catching signing.
Yet, we’re missing a very key detail about the 21-year-old. Hudlin is the tallest player currently active in Britain and stands at a colossal 6 foot 9.
With that in mind, you’d think he reigns supreme at the back but he isn’t a defender. Instead, Hudlin is a striker and is entrusted with scoring goals.
Last term, the young forward found the net on ten occasions in 36 outings but it was his immense size that made him such a difficult player to deal with.
Celtic have fine pedigree when it comes to a physical player. Just think of John Hartson and Chris Sutton, two individuals who used their bullish approach to outmuscle defenders.
However, we want to cast your minds back to a certain Pierre van Hooijdonk, a man that Hudlin could replicate by joining Celtic in a few months time.
Van Hooijdonk stood at 6 foot 4 and although that’s down on the Solihull Moors youngster, their playstyle is similar.
In fact, on Celtic forum talkceltic.net, one supporter claimed that the Dutchman felt as though he was too tall to be a striker.
However, like Hudlin, he manages to make it work. Fascinatingly, they are both technical players. Hudlin can score goals from all over the pitch and that’s something that van Hooijdonk was famed for; particularly with his free-kicks.
During his time at Parkhead, the attacker scored 44 goals in a two and a half year spell that consisted of 69 appearances.
He does, of course, have finer pedigree than Hudlin but it shows the pros of having such a tall striker in your armoury.