Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has suggested that the club will look into signing more Japanese players after the success of Kyogo Furuhashi.
The Bhoys lured Postecoglou away from Japan over the summer having been in charge of Yokohama F. Marinos in the J1 League.
Postecoglou then used his knowledge of the Japanese market to raid Vissel Kobe for the signing of Furuhashi.
Furuhashi has been a roaring success, smashing eight goals in 11 games for the Bhoys.
Postecoglou wants more Japanese signings for Celtic
Celtic boss Postecoglou has now told The Scottish Sun that Japan is indeed one of the markets Celtic are targeting for January.
Postecoglou noted that the timing of Japan’s season ending lines up well with Celtic being able to raid clubs for potential signings.
The Australian added that work is well underway for January, with Celtic looking to make quick signings.
“Yeah, that’s one of the markets we will be looking at,” said Postecoglou. “Obviously I know it 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 make sure that we are planning well in advance. We have already 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,” he added.
Who could Celtic sign from Japan?
Attacker Daizen Maeda played under Postecoglou with Yokohama F. Marinos and has been in great form with 17 goals this season.
Further afield, young centre forward Ayase Ueda is shining for Kashima Antlers, bagging 12 goals in just 23 outings.
FC Tokyo defender Ryoya Ogawa would give Celtic depth in both full back roles having shown his versatility in Japan.
Nagoya Grampus defender Shinnosuke Nakatani is quick and would provide another centre back option, whilst Kawasaki Frontale right back Miki Yamane racked up 10 assists this season.