Sportscene pundit's embarrassing verdict on Celtic star Yosuke Ideguchi's Alloa flashpoint

By David Walton

January 23, 2022

Sportscene pundit Richard Foster has incredibly stated that the horrendous challenge on Celtic midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi wasn’t a red card offence.

Ideguchi impressed in a tidy debut against Alloa on their plastic surface in yesterday’s 2-1 Scottish Cup success. However, his game only lasted 64 minutes due to a shocker of a challenge from Alloa’s Muhamed Niang. The midfielder was crunched by the League One star’s follow-through and had to be subbed off.

It was a worrying sight for Celtic fans and Ange Postecoglou. The likes of Michael Stewart and the Celtic support have already voiced their opinions that it should’ve been a sending off [Premier Sports].

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However, what was Foster’s take on the incident? Incredibly, he believes that it was down to Ideguchi not showing enough commitment to win the ball. Speaking on Sportscene last night, the former Rangers defender said the following:

“Idon’t think it is [a sending off offence]. It’s a strong tackle and he wins the ball. The main thing is, and what I got taught as a youngster, is that if you go in for a 50-50 you’ve got to go in at the same speed and intensity as the other player.

“Ideguchi actually tries to pull out of it so he’s slowing himself down and Mouhamed Niang is coming right through the ball. It’s a strong, strong tackle but it would have been very harsh.

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“If the two players had gone in together at the same (speed) you would have seen an old fashioned 50-50 tackle and nobody would have got hurt. But by slowing himself down he allows himself to be on the end of a very, very sore one.”

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What an incredible take on such a shocking follow-through challenge from the Alloa man. So Ideguchi is to blame because he “allows” himself to be absolutely crunched? He’s not the one who’s able to stop the contact – it’s all on Alloa’s Niang.

Look, we’re not looking to call the Alloa player out. It doesn’t really look malicious as such. It simply looked liek an over-eager midfielder who got a touch excited. But the challenge was out of control and should’ve seen the player walk.

I’ve never heard a player be blamed for a challenge that came in on him. Yet that’s exactly what Foster has tried to do here. It’s a genuinely embarrassing take and one that surely nobody can take all that seriously.

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It does feel as though Foster is allowing some good old-fashioned Celtic vs Rangers tribalism to affect his judgement here. Absolutely every one else who has had a look at the incident agrees that it’s a red card.

Regardless, the positive news is that the player should be okay moving forward. No serious damage appears to have been done, and that’s a major boost for Celtic moving forward. Especially with Callum McGregor going off with a nasty jaw injury.

Hopefully, he’s good to feature at Tynecastle on Wednesday night as we look to continue our early 2022 momentum.

In other news, Report: Celtic defender Adam Montgomery poised to join Kilmarnock on loan