Asian football expert eases concerns about new Celtic man Yosuke Ideguchi on Radio Scotland

By John McGinley

January 2, 2022

With all the hype surrounding Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate, less has been said about midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi since signing for Celtic last week.

Ideguchi is undoubtedly flying under the radar a bit, with some narratives going around that he may not be quite at the level of the other two players.

However, Asian football journalist Scott McIntyre reckons he fits into Ange Postecoglou’s plans as much as anyone.

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Ideguchi a “really good fit” for Celtic

He told BBC Radio Scotland this afternoon [14:29]: “The one thing that Ange has always looked for is pace, raw burning pace. He’s got that with Kyogo Furuhashi and now he has it with Daizen Maeda as well. Not just pace on the ball, but off the ball too. As soon as you lose the ball, counter-pressing straight away.”

“He’s got two of that front three now perfect for what he wants. Then you’ve got more technically proficient guys who can keep the ball in the central areas in Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate. All three are great signings.

“I know there have been questions about Ideguchi – that he might not be as mobile perhaps as other central midfielders going around. But I think he’s a really good fit for the way Ange Postecoglou wants to play his football. There’s no reason why all three can’t come in and settle straight away.”

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Ideguchi is also motivated by a difficult spell in British football previously, having signed for Leeds United only to not make a single appearance for the club.

In fact, he cited this is as a reason for leaving Gamba Osaka in such a hurry in his farewell message to supporters.

That previous experience will no doubt help him in Glasgow. With a unit of compatriots around him plus the guidance of Postecoglou, this could be the perfect chance for him to make a name for himself in Europe. I expect he knows that.

I’m as intrigued to see what he can offer as much as the other two, more heralded, new Bhoys.

In other news, Report: Celtic have interest in bargain winger; stood out in Ligue 1 last season.