CELTIC are on the brink of their THIRD signing before the transfer window opens in 11 days’ time.

Ange Postecoglou has hinted another new recruit is on his way as he confirmed the Hoops were “getting pretty close now” to finalising the deal.

The Parkhead boss has already brought in Canada World Cup right-back Alistair Johnston in a £3.5million switch from MLS outfit CF Montreal and Vissel Kobe centre-half Yuki Kobayashi on five-year contracts.

Their registrations will be rubberstamped on January 1 2023 when they will be available for selection.

PENSIVE POSTECOGLOU…the Celtic boss ponders the ins and outs at Parkhead. Image courtesy Celtic TV.

Postecoglou, who is preparing his players for the Premiership visit of Livingston this evening, aims to complete the signing hat-trick within days.

The Greek-Australian gaffer revealed another five-year deal could be done and dusted before chief executive Michael Nicholson and finance director Chris McKay take a festive break.

Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We’re getting pretty close now. I know Michael and Chris want to spend some time with their families at Christmas.

“We’re working on things. There are still a couple that we are kind of investigating at the moment.

“We will see how things transpire over the next week or so. We’re not even into January yet, so there is still a bit of time.”

No names were mentioned as a possible new face to the champions’ squad, but South Korea’s towering striker Cho Gue-sung caught the eye of the Parkhead boss and the club’s talent scouts with his performances in the World Cup Finals in Qatar.

Postecoglou also reported there was nothing new on the Josip Juranovic front with the Croatian right-back linked with Barcelona among a host of clubs after his exploits in the Middle East.

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