According to reports last night, we are on the brink of three signings from the J-League, three signings which will be massive in terms of Ange’s rebuild and which will give this club a very different look going into the second half of the season.
Let us hope that the reports are correct and that we can get these deals done.
Two of the players have been linked with us for a while – the striker Daizen Maeda and the left back Reo Hatate.
The third is a relatively new name, the midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi who used to play for Leeds. These are all players who Ange is more than familiar with, and thus the signings all make good sense.
The reports suggest that the manager wants them in place for 4 January; that will be the first week of the mid-season break, which Celtic has traditionally used to recharge the batteries and come back fresh, all but last season’s disaster when in the middle of a global pandemic we flew half of Celtic’s operation to the other side of the world and paid for it.
Getting the January business done early is critical to the plan; Ange wants time to work with these players and integrate them before the second half of the season kicks off, and if the reports are correct then the early nature of the business might be the best thing we’ve done in many a year, and the most professional approach to a window in decades.
If it’s correct then we all must pay the board some credit not only for backing the manager but for doing so early; the first phase of the rebuild will be just about complete and this club will have achieved what had seemed impossible in just two windows.
We will have built a side capable of challenging for the title, and I think the one which will win it.