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Japanese Report: Ange Postecoglou expected to make double Celtic swoop

I suppose it was just a matter of time before these links became apparent. Everybody knows that Ange Postecoglou has a soft spot for Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate.

The Australian made both players transfer priorities when he became the manager of Celtic. Although Kyogo was signed almost straight away, Ange had to wait for Hatate.

And what signings they have been for Celtic. So good in fact, that Ange is now looking to take them to Tottenham with him. That’s according to reports in Japan.

The report from Sponichi said, “According to several sources, Tottenham, a Premier League powerhouse, has expressed interest in defender Ito and midfielder Hatate.

“Tottenham may bring in Furuhashi and other Japanese players who know their abilities well, the most likely candidate is said to be Ito, who has been developing in Germany.”

Now, the thing with Japanese journalists is that they don’t deal in the sort of sensationalised nonsense ours do.

They rarely get involved in hearsay and only go to print with stories that they think have legs in them.

Whether both would want to leave Celtic is another matter. Kyogo and Hatate have both said that they are happy at the club and have no reason to leave.

But would the temptation to join Ange (as well as quadrupling their wages) be enough to make them think twice?

Let’s hope not but just in case they do, Ange better make sure Daniel Levy’s debit card has an overdraft facility because they will cost him a very pretty penny.

Sky Sports claim Celtic are interested in 23 goal striker

Celtic are said to be interested in securing the services of Slovenian striker Zan Vipotnik.

Sky Sports in Germany have claimed that the Parkhead club are on of many clubs looking at the 21 year old.

Girondins Bordeaux, Brugge, Betis Sevilla, Twente Enschede, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Empoli and Lecce. From Germany, Augsburg, Hertha BSC and Hamburger SV have all been credited with an interest in the striker as he has said he wants to test himself at a higher level.

The report says, “Vipotnik’s strengths: goal threat, header, shooting technique and an aggressive approach. 

But he also knows that he will have to use his physique even more in the future if he wants to prove himself at a higher level.

Vipotnik has scored 20 goals for NK Maribor in the league with the other three coming in the domestic Cup competition.

Managerless Celtic are still confident of signing Brendan Rodgers this week but at least it seems as though the recruitment department are still working away trying to find players that might interest the incoming manager.

Celtic’s 43 cap international midfielder is a surprising target for stunning MLS move

It’s the transfer silly season and as well as Ange Postecoglou being linked away from Celtic, so is midfielder James McCarthy.

McCarthy signed for Celtic at the beginning of Ange Postecoglou’s reign as the Celtic manager and has made just 27 appearances for the club over two seasons.

This season though, he has featured only five times for Celtic and is clearly not a part of Postecoglou’s plans moving forward.

Now it looks like he could be on his way out of Celtic. According to 90min, McCarthy is being targeted by Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids.

The 32 year old will no doubt be keen to feature in first team football in some capacity but it’s not going to be at Celtic.

Indeed, Celtic would welcome the move as it would free up a healthy portion of the wages budget to help Ange bring in further reinforcements this summer.

This is one we will keep a close eye on as the transfer rumour mill starts to heat up.

Celtic “register interest” in 20 goal striker

Celtic will look to strengthen this summer ahead of the upcoming Champions League campaign next season.

Kyogo Furuhashi and Hyeongyu Oh have bothe contributed well to Celtic’s success this season but should one of them succumb to injury, it would leave Ange Postecoglou short up front.

According to Football Scotland, Celtic have registered interest in Slovenian striker Zan Vipotnik.

The NK Maribor front man has netted 20 goals in 30 appearances this season as the former Slovenian champions struggled to defend their title.

The 21 year old’s goal tally helped Maribor reach a third-placed finish in the Slovenian top flight bit it seems that he has done enough to attract the interest of the Scottish champions.

However, it is worth noting that Vipotnik’s goalscoring record prior to this season has not impressed.

Last season he scored ten in twenty six appearances and the season prior to that he scored only 1 in seventeen appearances.

So he’s hardly prolific but he is, however, still young enough to develop. Valued at £2m, the Slovenia does fit our transfer budget and has all the hallmarks of a Postecoglou type signing.

It will be interesting to see how this one pans out as Celtic prepare to add more quality to the squad in the coming months.