Japanese report: Gamba Osaka identify replacement for Celtic-bound Yosuke Ideguchi

By David Walton

December 30, 2021

J-League outfit Gamba Osaka have sourced their replacement for Celtic-bound Yosuke Ideguchi, according to Yahoo Japan.

The website reports that Ideguchi will complete a move to Parkhead with Rubin Kazan’s Mitsuki Saito arriving as a direct alternative.

It isn’t stated how much any potential deal would cost Celtic, nor is it claimed whether it’s a move that will be completed during the January transfer window. However, with the new J-League campaign kicking off in February, you would expect this to be a transition for the new year.

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The rumour of Celtic moving for Ideguchi begun earlier this month when reports from Japan claimed a medical was set for this month after a fee was reportedly agreed between the clubs. This was said to be in the region of £850k [Sponichi Annex].

Talk of this one than went quiet for over 3 weeks before the latest report from Yahoo. With Osaka now having identified a replacement, hopefully this will speed up the process.

Should Celtic sign Ideguchi, it won’t have been the first time he’ll have played his football in Europe. He was previously signed up at Leeds United, Greuther Furth, and third-tier Spanish outfit Cultural Leonesa.

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Yosuke Ideguchi could do a job for Celtic in several roles

If Celtic to make their move for the J-League talent, it would be interesting to see what role they would have lined up for him. Whilst primarily an attacking midfielder who likes to play centrally, he can also be deployed further back and even has experience on the right flank.

With David Turnbull out until mid-February and Tom Rogic potentially being called up for international duty in the early stages of the new year, you have to imagine the number 10 role would be where Ange Postecoglou views Ideguchi as operating in.

Celtic could certainly do with reinforcements in that area too. We cannot afford to go into the Rangers game in February without a natural number 10 on the pitch. Not when you consider the importance of the position on how we play.

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The report comes hot on the heels of Yahoo Japan’s report that Celtic have reached an agreement for Daizen Maeda. It finally looks as though substantial transfer news is picking up for the Hoops. And it’s fair to say it’s needed.

Postecoglou has already outlined his intentions to plunder the J-League once again in the new year. It comes after the startling success of Kyogo Furuhashi, who signed in the summer from Vissel Kobe.

And if Celtic can get both Maeda and Ideguchi in the door early into the new year, it would mark a huge start to the window.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou delivers superb 4-player injury update