Celtic could be set to add to their Asian contingent of with FC Nurnberg star Kanji Okunuki being heavily linked with a move to Glasgow.

According to Sky Sports Germany, Celtic are 'interested' in the left-sided attacking midfielder and have been scouting the Japanese star 'intensively' in recent weeks.

Okunuki has scored four goals and provided two assists for the Bundesliga 2 in 15 appearances so far this season as FC Nurnberg currently sit eight in the table.

The Scottish champions have had plenty of success in the Asian market over the last few years.

It was former boss Ange Postecoglou who arrived from Yokohama F.Marinos in the summer of 2021 who got the ball rolling by targeting several players from the region including Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda, Tomoki Iwata, Yuki Kobayashi, Yosuke Ideguchi as well Oh Hyeon-gyu.

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It remains to be seen if Celtic's interest in Okunuki will be followed up with a firm offer as the Scottish champions appear to be well stocked for midfielders wit the likes of Callum McGregor, Matt O'Riley, Reo Hatate, Odin Thiago Holm, David Turnbull, Tomoki Iwata and Paulo Bernardo all currently fighting for game time under boss Brendan Rodgers.

Ironically Okunki could have been plying his trade in Scotland already as he was previously a target for Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts.

The Edinburgh men believed they had concluded a deal for the player in the summer before he opted to sign for the German outfit Jambos sporting director Joe Savage insisted that the capital side had a deal in place worth £400,000 which would have brought Okunuki to Tynecastle.

However the move was hijacked at the 11th hour when FC Nurnberg offered the player better financial terms.

Savage said: "We thought we had that done then out of nowhere his agent contacted me to say he is going to FC Nürnberg, they were prepared to offer more money.

"But we’ve got everything agreed!"

The 24-year-old has still to gain his first senior cap for Japan but he was called up to manager Hajime Moriyasu's squad for the first time last month.

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