Yosuke Ideguchi's former manager lists attributes new Bhoy will bring to Celtic

By Euan Davidson

January 5, 2022

Of the three J League talents Celtic have brought in, Yosuke Ideguchi is perhaps the most mysterious.

That’s quite strange, considering that he has more caps and European football under his belt than Reo Hatate or Daizen Maeda. But Ideguchi was the most recent of the three to be linked to Celtic. His move from Gamba Osaka comes with plenty of intrigue.

Despite having a history that involves spells in Germany and Spain, perhaps Hoops fans had less time to do their due diligence on the ex-Leeds United midfielder.

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Enter, then, Damir Buric. Former Greuther Fürth manager Buric had Ideguchi on loan in the 18-19 season, and has spoken about the qualities he can bring to Celtic.

Buric, now without a club after a second spell at Admira Wacker, said [Daily Record]: “It’s difficult to say whether he is more about goals or assists from the short time he had with us.

“But he is a smart player, who certainly knows how to score goals.

“He recognises free spaces and when he comes from his midfield position it is very difficult for opponents to control him. Yosuke is very responsible and disciplined when it comes to sticking to his tactical tasks during the game.

“He plays very simple, which is in fact very difficult, but due to his good technique he manages to always take the right decisions.

“All in all he is a very important team player and I was happy to have the chance to work with him.”

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Yosuke Ideguchi sounds ideal for stretched Celtic midfield

We could, undoubtedly, use more creative and tactically disciplined midfielders. David Turnbull and Tom Rogic have both had injury issues, with Turnbull set to miss a couple of months. The two have been relied upon to provide real thrust and vision from the middle, and have performed admirably.

But beyond those two, this was a Celtic squad short of creative midfielders. That Ideguchi is also more than able to win the ball in central areas and be progressive with the ball is an important skill-set.

It’s interesting that Buric is giving such a rave review of Ideguchi. He didn’t actually see him play all that much. Unfortunately, the midfielder, on loan from Leeds United at the time, suffered a posterior cruciate injury. It almost ruled him out for the whole season.

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However, the former Greuther Fürth manager still sees fit to speak in glowing terms about his former loanee. Even about 3 years on from working with him.

With a great work ethic, ability to finish and recycle the ball well, Ideguchi isn’t perhaps the most glamorous Celtic signing this window. But he could be just as impactful as the others.

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