Celtic brought Yosuke Ideguchi to the club in January, but fans haven’t seen much of the player, so his role in the squad remains relatively unknown.
Granted, the injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks didn’t help his cause, but he’ll be disappointed to finish the season with the bare minimum minutes he received.
Although Guchi is set to take up a more significant role in the squad next season, Ange confirmed to CeltsAreHere that Celtic were proactive in their recruitment and identified the Japanese midfielder to take over from Bitton when he departed in the summer.
The Japanese-capped midfielder is looking to grab the opportunity he receives at the club level and hopes it results in regaining his spot in his national side. [Number Web]
“I think the results of goals and assists are important, but in my case, it’s also a difficult part. I’m not a very aggressive player, so it’s not easy. It’s just a part of what is required, so I want to keep aiming for it. It’s about playing consistently as a team, and I think that’s when the Japan national team comes into view. I don’t want to think too far ahead; I want to do it one day at a time.
“My ultimate goal is to step up at the club level, but now I want to be involved in as many matches as possible and contribute to the title next season.”
The midfielder’s first chance to impress Postecoglou this season is in pre-season. Back in Lennoxtown, before much of the starting players, he’ll have the opportunity to show off to the boss.
He’ll likely get his fair share of minutes in the pre-season fixtures. Playing well could result in the player receiving the chance to shine during Celtic’s domestic campaign.