What new Bhoy Yosuke Ideguchi has told Celtic supporters to expect from him

By Euan Davidson

January 11, 2022

Yosuke Ideguchi, in his first media appearance since joining Celtic, has told supporters exactly what to expect from him: effort.

Ideguchi, who joined the club from Gamba Osaka, is a ball-winning midfielder. And he’s hoping his engine, tackling and work rate will be key for the Bhoys in the title race.

The new Celtic midfielder was unveiled alongside Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda earlier today. But in his first solo press conference with mainstream media [Celtic FC], the former Leeds United man made his agenda abundantly clear.

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Ideguchi has a very specific skill-set. His tackling in the J League over 2021 was noteworthy. Overall, he had a tackle success rate of 76% in the J League last season [J League]. He’s also adept at winning the ball without tackling; according to FBRef, he averaged 1.53 interceptions per 90 in 2021, and 2.13 the year prior.

No surprise, then, that Ange Postecoglou was impressed enough to sort out a deal for Ideguchi before the January transfer window even opened. Asked what style he brings to the Celtic midfield, Ideguchi was emphatic about his key traits.

Ideguchi said [Celtic FC]: “I think my style is pretty much work. Hard work is one thing.

“Also, getting the ball and then from there, leading towards attacking as well. I would love for everyone to watch my style.”

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Now, that’s what you want to hear from a new Celtic player.

Ange Postecoglou has undoubtedly valued work ethic since he came to Paradise. It’s paying off, too; the likes of Anthony Ralston has shone in Ange’s system. Kyogo, through his hard work, creates opportunities by pressing relentlessly. Callum McGregor, a fine choice as captain, perhaps leaves the most out on the pitch game to game.

There’s a real dressing room of hard working characters there. For Ideguchi, slotting into that shouldn’t prove too difficult.

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And for Celtic supporters, it’s encouraging. A work ethic is valued perhaps more than anything else by the Hoops faithful. Not all players can be technically gifted, but plenty of Bhoys favourites have won over fans with their sheer determination and will to win matches for Celtic.

Simply put; if you’re willing to put the yards in, Celtic fans will appreciate you.

Hopefully, that’s what happens for Ideguchi. But you can certainly sense a theme here; a hard-working manager in Ange Postecoglou wants hard-working players in kind.

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