Japan Times reporter's brilliant guide to Celtic and J League rumours

By Euan Davidson

November 4, 2021

When it comes to J League news, as it pertains to Celtic, we’re Dan Orlowitz guys.

When Ange Postecoglou was first linked with Celtic, the Japan Times’ finest was our port of call. The same was true when Kyogo Furuhashi was said to be Glasgow-bound.

With rampant speculation over further J League targets for the January transfer window, most notably about Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda, Orlowitz knew he had to take to Twitter to address eager Celtic supporters online.

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Given that thousands of the Green and White persuasion probably follow him now, it’s an act of civic duty.

Orlowitz explained that in all likelihood, nothing would happen until after December 19th. With the J League finishing on the 4th, and the Emperor’s Cup to follow, no substantial transfer movement is likely until then

Then, reliability of sources. In Orlowitz’s words:

“No Japanese reporter in a position to tweet reliable insider info is doing so in English from anonymous accounts [with] no sources cited. The real insiders are either not on Twitter or don’t care about chasing clout.”

Handily, the Japan Times reporter then tweeted some Japanese phrases pertaining to transfer speculation:

A comprehensive guide on J League transfers to Celtic from someone very much in the know

How handy it is to have English-speaking media figures in the Japanese news industry. It’s difficult enough ascertaining fact from speculation in Scottish media, let alone worldwide.

This is useful information though, and it should offer a comprehensive guide on what to expect over the next few months. However, with Kawasaki Frontale having wrapped up the league, there’s surely room for some substantial transfer talk?

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Certainly, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou hasn’t been shy about his wish to shop in the J League market.

Given the talent available, how many players would pass work permits via national team selection, and the 100% success rate so far (i.e. Kyogo Furuhashi), it’s no wonder why.

Either way, we’re going to trust Orlowitz on this one.

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In terms of giving back, here’s one useful phrase from English to Japanese that readers can use ahead of our game against Ferencvaros tonight.


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