Celtic handed September international boost as Japan make European fixture announcement

By Lewis Laird

August 17, 2022

Celtic have been handed an international boost after Japan announced their fixtures during next month’s international break will be played in Europe.

The Bhoys currently have a host of first-team players who regularly feature for their international sides across the globe.

With an international break due to take place next month, members of the squad will soon go their separate ways to feature in UEFA Nations League and friendly fixtures.

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Although some of Ange Postecoglou’s side are usually a little closer to home when playing for their nation, there are other Celtic players who are used to travelling further during the international fixtures.

Players such as Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate travel across the world to turn out for their country.

Those Celtic stars were expected to make that trip once again next month, with Japan taking on USA and Ecuador towards the end of September.

Of course, with the USA facing Japan, that would also potentially affect another member of the Celtic squad making the long journey to Asia, with Cameron Carter-Vickers back amongst the fold for his nation.

However, Celtic appear to have been handed a boost after it was announced that instead of being played in Asia, Japan’s two friendly outings next month would instead be in Dusseldorf, Germany [Japan Football Association].

This means that for the members of Postecoglou’s squad who are selected for Japan and the US next month, they will only need to make the short journey over to mainland Europe.

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This news will come as a delight to Ange Postecoglou, with key members of his Celtic squad not having to make the long journey across the globe to turn out for their nations.

The Hoops face an extremely busy October fixture schedule, being involved in five Scottish Premiership fixtures, a further three Champions League group stage games and will potentially be taking part in the quarter-finals of the Premier Sports cup.

So, not having to do that extra travelling will mean that those featuring for Japan and the US can swiftly return to Glasgow in good time to prepare for the first game of the month against Motherwell.

Of course, there are other aspects of playing during these internationals that the Celtic manager will have to worry about closer to the time, such as picking up any injury issues.

However, I am sure he will be glad that several players from his squad will not have to make the long trip over to Asia next month.

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