The impressive 28-minute Celtic cameo that shouldn't go under the radar

By David Walton

May 15, 2022

There was so much to talk about yesterday from Celtic’s trophy lifting to the emotional farewells to Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic respectively.

However, perhaps one of the more underappreciated moments of the afternoon was that came of Yosuke Ideguchi. The Japanese international was given the closing stages of the game as he was given his first run-out since a 3-minute appearance against Dundee United back in March.

It was the first substantial outing for the player for some time. His only start for the club against Raith Rovers back in February being the only game in which he received more minutes than yesterday’s trophy-day outing.

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With Bitton’s Celtic career coming to a close, Celtic are going to need another box-to-box midfielder to step up and take his spot. Ideguchi showed potential promise that he could be the very man to do just that.

The former Gamba Osaka star was extremely tidy on the ball yesterday. He picked it up in tight areas for the Hoops and was happy to mix up his impressive passing range. He was keen to get on the bal and try to make things happen. His eagerness alone was great to see.

He only misplaced 3 passes of the 20 he made while on the pitch. But what was perhaps most pleasing was that Ideugchi wasn’t only looking to make the safe option. He was happy to take risks on the ball and drive forward. He was keen to impress and he was happy to risk losing the ball in order to do so.

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The social media reaction to Ideguchi’s performance yesterday has also been extremely positive. No, he wasn’t the best on the pitch and it wasn’t eye-catching in the sense that he had 6 efforts on goal and kept causing Motherwell endless problems. But there was a confidence to him on the day and that showed in his technique on the ball.

Ideguchi will surely have a big role to play for Celtic next season with Bitton heading out the exit door. And the early signs are promising. Especially considering he also put in some decent displays before his injury back in January.

Celtic are in a great position moving into the summer. We know the positions we need to strengthen and work will undoubtedly be going into that next season. But at the same time, Ange will have his eyes fixated on the development of players such as Ideguchi.

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So many of these Celtic players haven’t had a pre-season with the club yet. Ideguchi is one of those, and it’ll be intriguing to see what levels he can reach after the summer.

We’ve still got so much to learn about what he will offer us in the long term. But the signs are there that this is a player who can come into Lennoxtown this summer and make his mark properly.

If yesterday was anything to go by, there’s certainly talent there.

In other news, James Forrest eyeing up a major role at Celtic next season