Despite the transfer window closing less than five weeks ago, Ange Postecoglou already has one eye on the next one as he prepares for the next phase of his Celtic rebuild.
No fewer than 12 players, totaling £20million, came through the doors at Parkhead in the summer. But the squad is still in need of much more depth and quality as 16 players also left Celtic for pastures new.
Including those to depart was captain, Scott Brown, top scorer Odsonne Edouard, former player of the year Kris Ajer and Scotland international playmaker, Ryan Christie. It was always going to be an uphill battle to replace players of that ilk in one transfer window, and it seems that Ange is working hard in preparation for the next opportunity to bring players in.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Postecoglou discussed the arrival of new recruits:
"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."
The gaffer is also well aware of what type of player and character he needs as he continued:
"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. There is a mentality attached to that. It’s about the type of personalities who are going to be brave and really ambitious."
It will come as no surprise that the J1 League is being targeted as one of the top markets for future recruits. Postecoglou said:
"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’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."
Obviously Celtic's most impressive signing of the season, Kyogo Furuhashi, was plucked from Japanese side Vissel Kobe and has made quite the impression in his short time in the East end of Glasgow.
Celtic fans will be licking their lips at the potential of further acquisitions in the Kyogo mould, especially those who are pre-made to fit the dynamics and demands of "Angeball".
I suspect Celtic's new star striker may even have a say and an influence over potential new teammates as he prepares for international duty with Japan after the match at Pittodrie this afternoon.
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