J League expert says Celtic could pull off a transfer heist "worthy of a podcast series"

By Euan Davidson

December 7, 2021

J League expert and friend of 67 Hail Hail Dan Orlowitz believes Celtic could be about to pull off some seriously impressive transfer business.

Following the capture of former J League top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou hasn’t been shy about reports linking the club to Japanese talents. Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate have been linked for months; Yosuke Ideguchi joined the crew more recently.

And Orlowitz believes that although Japanese transfer rumours can be unreliable, there’s enough to suggest a heist “worthy of at least a 4-part limited podcast series” [@aishiterutokyo].

The Japan Times reporter summed up what seems to be the latest on the forthcoming Celtic raid of the J League. He said:

No doubt, it’s exciting stuff. All three have been Japan internationals. Daizen Maeda, an absolute speed merchant, has lit up the J League with his goals. After Kyogo left, it was he and former Brazil international Leandro Damião and Maeda sharing top scorer honours.

Hatate, meanwhile, is a versatile player. Primarily a midfielder, he can also fill in at left-back. His energy and ability to link play in midfield could be a real asset for Celtic.

Yosuke Ideguchi has scored goals from midfield for Japan, and has some European experience. Signed by Leeds in 2018, he spent time on loan with Greuther Fürth and Cultural Leonesa.

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J League expert Dan Orlowitz tends to call it right on Celtic matters in Japan

There’s a reason why Orlowitz’s name is a famous one in Scottish football circles these days. That he gives so much of his time to Celtic supporters is a huge benefit. Especially on Twitter, where it’s fair to say people can get emotional.

So, what he’s saying about Hatate, Maeda and Ideguchi is reliable. It’s obviously no surprise that Ange Postecoglou has focused on the J League at Celtic, but he’s after real quality here.

No question, the Celtic squad could use depth. And given the popularity of Kyogo Furuhashi, it would do both him and Celtic good to grow the Japanese contingent at Parkhead.

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You give an on-fire striker some compatriots to train and play with? Surely, you get an even happier centre-forward.

January could be massive for Celtic. We may be winning games, but we’re lacking options in certain areas. Particularly in midfield, where Hatate and Ideguchi could be real coups.

There will, inevitably, be Podcasts about this. Whether it’s on the level of Serial or something similar remains to be seen.

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