Ange Postecoglou drops transfer advice amid claims Celtic are looking for international star

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has admitted he has an interest in the Iranian market and claims he wants to bring Mehdi Ghayedi to Parkhead.

Postecoglou has enjoyed a strong first season as Celtic manager, although he wasn’t the Bhoys’ first choice for the job.

The Australian has developed brilliantly and put Celtic back in contention for the Scottish Premiership title.

Postecoglou has also helped change some perceptions of Australian coaches, few of whom have really made a difference in Europe.

Postecoglou has now spoken to Optus Sport back in Australia after being interviewed by former Australia international goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

One issue that came up was the impact of Postecoglou’s signings, particularly from Japan.

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Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate have become fan favorites at Celtic, while Postecoglou have also signed Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi.

Postecoglou has now targeted various Asian markets, moving further away from Japan to target talent from places like Iran and Saudi Arabia.

“Kyogo Furuhashi can play at the highest level for me,” said Postecoglou. “I didn’t have any doubts, but because he was from Japan, there always is, because it’s the other end of the world. It’s like I said, it’s an untapped market, it’s much easier to sign a South American player or a European player.”

“I know the young players there, they want to be as successful as possible. And, you know, the German league had so many fantastic Japanese players playing there, but going beyond Japan, I think Asian players in general, there are players from Iran and Saudi [Arabia] that you think they could play in Europe very easily, top talent,” he added.

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These are not markets that many clubs in Europe exploit on a regular basis, but Postecoglou seem to envision bringing more players to Celtic from this part of the world.

This is particularly interesting as Celtic are reportedly chasing an Iran international.

Varzesh3 reported in January that Celtic have made three attempts to sign Iranian star Mehdi Ghayedi from Shabab Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.

Ghayedi is a tricky and small player who can play on the outside or as a number 10. He has impressed with five goals and three assists in 21 games for Shabab Al Ahli.

With two caps and a goal for Iran, the 23-year-old looks set to be a star of the future and Postecoglou appears to want him at Celtic.

These recent comments from Postecoglou again suggest looking into dealing with Iranian players and the links to Ghayedi are certainly consistent.

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In other news, the exciting teenager has been training with Celtic but is now pre-signed for Liverpool instead

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