By Paddy Kenny

7th Oct, 2021 | 9:00pm

Kenny raves over 'very smart' Celtic transfer plan as talks get underway

There are bargains to be had in the Japanese market and Celtic are “very smart” to target it ahead of the January transfer window.

So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hoops’ plans for the mid-season window.

As quoted by The Sun on 2 October, manager Ange Postecoglou claims Celtic have “already identified targets and begun discussions”.

The former Yokohama F Marinos boss also confirmed that the club would zero in on Japan as they look to improve their squad.

Kyogo Furuhashi signed from J1 League side Vissel Kobe in the summer and has eight goals in 11 appearances so far at his new club.

And Kenny asserts that Postecoglou is smart to continue to plunder his old stomping ground for potential new recruits.

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“It’s very smart thinking that from Celtic,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“They didn’t get everyone they wanted in the summer. There might have been a few signings who slipped through the net.

“The way that it works at a football club is that you start discussing the next transfer window straight away. It’s just what you have to do.

“You have to get these players scouted and watched on a regular basis before you even think about signing them.

“They will get players for cheap in that market as well. If it comes off like it has with Kyogo, they will be laughing.”

In other news, Alex McLeish predicts 23-year-old to star in Celtic “rebuild” after Greg Taylor talks begin.