Celtic have enjoyed a wonderful January transfer window with Ange Postecoglou aiming to replicate the immense success of Kyogo Furuhashi’s transfer to Parkhead last summer.
The Japan international has quickly become a cult hero for the Hoops and in the trio of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi, he is beginning to build quite the team at Paradise.
They have been joined in Glasgow by Matt O’Riley who caught the eye of the Bhoys and arrived MK Dons for a fee of £1.5m.
However, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the Scottish giants who have been dealt a succession of injury blows.
Callum McGregor is now a long-term absentee, joining Kyogo in the treatment room. Maeda will be unavailable due to an international call-up and with Giorgos Giakoumakis’ fitness still a concern, Celtic could be left short in some key areas.
As a result, journalist Mark Guidi tipped Postecoglou to move for another forward player in the remaining days of the window, saying: “I think it would have to be in the thinking of Ange Postecoglou to try and get a striker and probably a loan deal between now and an end of the season.”
Indeed, if the Celtic boss decides that’s an area he does need more bodies in then he should look no further than Siriki Dembele.
The recruitment team at Paradise have already exploited the English Football League for talent this winter and they could replicate that trick by luring the long-term target north of the border in the coming days.
Dembele, who is the brother of academy darling Karamoko, has been on Celtic’s radar for a while now and it’s thought Peterborough could be willing to let him go before the deadline passes.
If they want to do business with the Hoops, then he’d top off an excellent transfer window and ensure they have enough in their offensive armoury to continue their title challenge.
The best campaign of his career undoubtedly came last term when he showed off his impressive skill set to score 11 goals and register 12 assists in League One from a multitude of positions, either on the flank or from central areas.
That kind of form saw him hailed on a regular basis by Barry Fry. Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast in April 2021, he said: “Siriki can get the ball in his own half and with dazzling dribbling ability, he can beat four or five players and score a wonder goal or cross it for somebody else to score.
“He’s very, very exciting. He’s got the best stats outside the Premier League, I think. We’ll try to keep hold of him if we go up, and we’ll make him an offer he can refuse! So watch this space.”
It’s hard not to get excited about the potential opportunity to bring him in this winter and although it feels unlikely, long-term interest is there so it’s certainly not impossible.