Yosuke Ideguchi's Celtic opportunity has finally arrived
There are few more exhausting things for a football fan than transfer rumours which last an entire summer, only for the move to never materialise.
It’s far less incensing when potentially exciting transfer links are extinguished early, before YouTube compilations can be fawned over and potential flight schedules checked.
The dust had barely settled on rumours of Celtic’s interest in Edouard Michut before Ange Postecoglou rebuked links to the PSG midfielder, as well as his former Australia stalwart Aaron Mooy, a recent free agent following his release from Shanghai Port, following Celtic’s 4-2 win over Banik Ostrava last night.
As reported by The Herald, the Celtic manager said: “Yeah, good player, but no. I have an interest in every good footballer in the world, but there is a limited market which I can tap into.”
On Mooy, Postecoglou said of his fellow Australian: “He’s another footballer who is very much talented and very much in my range, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to bring him in, no. Aaron’s a fantastic footballer, somebody I know really well. I’m sure he will get picked up, he’s a very talented player.
“In terms of us, we have got a plan that we are sticking to and so far I am pretty happy with the progress we are making on all fronts and hopefully there will be some news coming out before the season starts. We are going through the process and making sure we get the ones that we need.”
One player who should welcome this news is Yosuke Ideguchi.
The former Japan international has suffered an injury-curtailed time in Scotland so far, with the 25 year old’s 2021-22 season effectively ended by a horror challenge from Alloa’s Mouhamed Niang in Celtic’s 2-1 Scottish Cup win over The Wasps in January.
Despite making a positive early impression, the former Gamba Osaka midfielder struggled to fully recover from that injury, making a mere three appearances for Celtic so far.
With the departures of Nir Bitton permanently, and Ismaila Soro on loan, Ideguchi appears the most able deputy for Callum McGregor in the current Celtic squad.
He has been used as such in pre-season, playing in all three of Celtic’s friendlies so far, whilst also displaying his versatility, playing in both the deepest lying “6” and more advanced “8” positions in the second half of the Banik Ostrava victory.
Barring a whirlwind transfer in the vein of Matt O’Riley’s January move from MK Dons, the fellow mid-season recruit Ideguchi will likely be given the opportunity to prove himself when the league season commences, and may yet stamp his authority on Postecoglou’s Celtic.