Gabby Agbonlahor has become the latest pundit to address Celtic’s triple swoop for Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Triple deal, more to come?
Ange Postecoglou and Michael Nicholson have wasted no time in getting players through the Parkhead door in 2022, with moves for Hatate, Ideguchi and Maeda already finalised.
The Hoops now seem to be turning their attention to offloading players and looking to sign loanees Cameron Carter-Vickers on a full-time basis, with Celtic back in action in ten days time.
The Latest: Agbonlahor’s comments
Here’s what he had to say in reply, labelling the moves as ‘amazing business’.
How many more signings do Celtic need this month?
“You’ve got time with the winter break to see what they can do.
“Get them working together, get them used to their new teammates.
“I’m sure they’re very, very good players and it could turn out to be amazing business for Celtic.
“They’ve now got a group of people who can help each other. They are from the same country so that’s going to help them settle in more.
“It’s looking positive for Celtic.”
The Verdict: Shrewd signings
The Hoops have already reaped the rewards from the J1 League market with Kyogo Furuhahsi’s £4.86m move in the summer, and it seems as if Hatate, Ideguchi and Maeda could cost less all combined. [Transfermarkt]
Hatate is a versatile midfielder who helped his previous employers win back-to-back titles, Ideguchi has been back playing regularly following a troubled spell with Leeds United, while Maeda has just come off the best goalscoring year of his career.
So, overall, Celtic appear to have got themselves three bargains, and there could well be more additions to come before the end of the month, with a move for teenage talent Johnny Kenny expected to be wrapped up imminently.
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