Yosuke Ideguchi states strong Celtic intent this season
Yosuke Ideguchi is intent on being a more influential member of the Celtic squad heading into the new season after a difficult first six months at the Bhoys.
Ideguchi was part of the clutch of Japanese talent that arrived at the club last term, but struggled to make a similar impact to his compatriots.
He managed to make just six appearances for the Bhoys, only one of which was a start.
This was, in part, due to an ankle injury sustained in a Scottish Cup clash against Alloa Athletic, though his opportunities were also limited towards the end of the campaign.
However, he’s part of the pre-season group working hard in Austria and already has 90 minutes of action under his belt after facing Wiener Viktoria on Wednesday.
The former Leeds United man is now hoping to impress, telling Celtic TV today: “Personally, in the last half of last season I didn’t have an opportunity to play. For me, it’s important to be with the group for the first day of the season and it’s a good opportunity for me to show my strong points – I’m very grateful to have this opportunity.
“I picked up an injury last season so I now want to express my football and the football that the manager wants to realise. My strong point is to help mould quick transitions and I can contribute to create quick, attacking football.
“I feel that my condition gets better each day and as I said before, I would like to express my football again. I know there are many things to overcome and I just want to play our football and get the results.
“We’ve been practising with high intensity every day, even before pre-season. So in the match against Wiener Viktoria, we were able to show our philosophy and our style on the pitch.”
We’ve yet to really see what Ideguchi can do in a Celtic shirt, so we have to take him at his word he can make the impact he wants to. He certainly had the right attitude vs Wiener Viktoria.
With Postecoglou also suggesting he would play a more prominent role this term, Ideguchi looks like being one of the options to help fill in for the departure of Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic.
Celtic are thought to be in the transfer market for another midfielder, but Ideguchi has the opportunity to prove his worth in the meantime and hopefully he can help spark the kind of exciting attacking play he describes.