With Celtic on course for a January transfer window that has tickled the club’s support, the most notable aspect that has emerged is exactly just who is identifying players.

Ange Postecoglou returned to the J-League to pick a trio of players whom he has pinpointed as fitting into his current system while there was also confirmation of Johnny Kenny on a five-year deal this weekend. Chat around Australian internationalist Riley McGree would suggest the next on the list with the lines of communication clear in terms of the manager having the significant say and sway in signings.

Should McGree prove to be the latest addition it would amount to £25m committed in transfer fees from Celtic so far in the Postecoglou regime. That his side will come out of the window significantly stronger than when they went into it was confirmed before it had formally opened with the J-League additions, all of whom will be expected to be first-team regulars.

Given the frustration of the Celtic support who had grown weary at times of players coming in as projects rather than ready to walk straight into the team it is part of the reason for the optimism around impending arrivals.

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The best bit of business, however, may be securing permanent deals for two of the loan players who have impressed this term with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota both endearing themselves to Postecoglou.

Carter-Vickers may be an easier deal than Jota.

Assuming the fee is agreeable for the American then it would be sensible for Celtic to offer the defender a permanent home. Performances this season would suggest that when Christopher Jullien is fit and available that he would partner up with the player who is currently on loan from Tottenham.

Jota has been second only to Kyogo Furuhashi in terms of the impact he has made this season and more than once this term has pulled Celtic out of games when points were on the line.

On-loan from Benfica, such has been his performances this season that he may fancy hedging his bets to see just what reveals itself at the end of the season. Certainly, though, Celtic need to be seen to try to do all in their power to keep the player who is due to return from injury after the winter break.

It will be interesting to see now just who makes way for the new faces who have come in. Celtic’s squad is too bloated not to offload players with the likes of Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas – one of four goalkeepers on the books at the club – among those where a move away would be of benefit to both parties.