By Noel Whelan

6th Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Celtic have major 'advantage' over rivals as new signing talks begin - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Celtic have an “advantage” in the transfer market because of Ange Postecoglou’s knowledge of Japanese football.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, praised the Hoops’ ability to “transform” little-known stars and sell them on for a profit.

As quoted by the Sunday Post (October 3rd), Postecoglou is once again scouring the untapped Japanese market for talent ahead of the January transfer window.

He confirmed “discussions” with targets have already begun.

The Parkhead club already have a Japanese success story in the form of Kyogo Furuhashi.

He has scored eight in 11 since joining for a reported £4.6million this summer.

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Whelan praised Celtic for their “good transfer policy” and hinted they could make a major profit off their new targets.

“It gives him an added advantage because he’s seen players over there for the number of years he worked in Japan,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Not many know too much about Japanese football, but we’ve seen Arsenal delve into that market with Tomiyasu.

“Only Postecoglou and his staff will know what he’s going to get from these players. It’s already worked with Kyogo.

“Celtic have always had a good transfer policy. They’ve gone out and got some real bargains in the past who they’ve transformed and sold on for millions.

“They can get the players they need for two or three years. Then there’s that added income from the resale value.”

Celtic sit sixth in the Premiership table and trail table-toppers Rangers by six points.

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