By Paddy Kenny

2nd Jul, 2021 | 10:48am

Kenny: Celtic could sign 'hidden gem' for 'bargain' fee after Postecoglou scouting reveal

Celtic could be set to unearth a “hidden gem” as Ange Postecoglou admitted he will focus on scouting South American and Asian markets.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the new manager’s recent comments.

Quoted by the Herald on 27th June, the 55-year-old said there is “fantastic talent” in Asia and South America and that they are areas he will “focus on.”

The Greek-Australian 55-year-old has managed in Greece, Australia and Japan in a 25-year coaching career.

He was appointed the Hoops permanent new manager on 10th June and signed a 12-month rolling contract.

Kenny claims that Postecoglou’s background means that scouting alternative markets is a no-brainer.

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“They could find a bit of a hidden gem and for a lot cheaper as well,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He has spent time in Australia and Asia and knows those markets well so it makes sense that he’s saying these things at the moment.

He knows what’s around and what is available. You get players for bargain prices rather than if you’re scouting for homegrown players.”

A Celtic source told Football Insider on 30th June that club legend Martin O’Neill is “interested” in becoming the club’s new director of football.

As revealed by this site in April, the club held extensive talks with Man City’s Fergal Harkin but were unable to reach an agreement.

In other news, Frank McAvennie baffled by multiple “weird” twists in senior Celtic player transfer saga.