It is being reported that Celtic will prioritise the signing of a right back and striker during the January transfer window [Daily Record]. 

The Hoops got off the mark quick last January having completed the signings of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi before the window had even open. They were followed in the door a couple of weeks later by midfielder Matt O’Riley who has been one of Postecoglou’s standout signings.

30th October 2022 ; Almondvale Stadium, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland: Scottish Premier League football, Livingston versus Celtic: Reo Hatate of Celtic is pulled back by Andrew Shinnie of Livingston

With O’Riley particularly, it is likely that Postecoglou already knew that Tom Rogic had plans to leave the club so wanted to get someone in to bed into the team showing he is always one step ahead when it comes to signings.

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In previous years, the Hoops haven’t used the winter window to their advantage but like so many things has changed since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou. Although Celtic may not be in European football after Christmas, they should not let it effect deals as anyone brought in can begin their preparations with the team for hopefully competing once again in the Champions League next season if Celtic once again win the league.

It was reported that the club are bracing themselves for any offers coming in for Croatian international Josip Juranovic with it likely that whoever is brought in will be his replacement whether he leaves in January or the summer with Mark Lawwell and Postecoglou planning ahead.

A striker was on the wanted list for the Hoops during the summer with the club still currently in the market to bring another one in to join Kyogo and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

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  1. We have so few European squad places that to keep everyone happy we’ll likely have to let players go if we’re bringing in Forwards, and certainly if we’re looking at Right Backs as it means the JJ rumours are probably correct!

    Excluding players not ours i.e. Jenz & Abildgaard, we have room in a 25 man squad for a Centre Back & a Central Midfielder atm(if we stick with 3 GKs; we could free another squad place up if we only included 2 GKs), and even that means leaving out players.

    I’d like us to trim the squad first, move on players who have no real chance of regular first team football, then keep a solid core of players who’ve proved they have what it takes to wear the Hoops i.e. CCV, Juranovic, Jota, Hasabanovic, O’Riley along with the best Scottish players to meet the UEFA 8 homegrown player rule; for the other players, its up to them to earn the right to stay, but they are replaceable imo

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