Celtic’s attempted swoop for Gamba Osaka midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi could be complex, according to journalist Dan Orlowitz.
The Lowdown: Celtic links
Celtic have reportedly made an ‘offer’ for the former Leeds United midfielder, who is currently plying his trade with Gamba Osaka.
The Latest: Orlowitz’s claim
The Daily Record shared Orlowitz’s comments to Sky Sports regarding Ideguchi in a story on Tuesday afternoon.
Orlowitz had his doubts on if Ideguchi is ready to break into Ange Postecoglou’s side right now and even suggested that Ideguchi may not even qualify for a work permit in Scotland at this moment in time.
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“I don’t know, Ange clearly sees something in him.
“Maybe he saw the amazing goal Ideguchi scored against Australia in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
“But is he a player that can break into the Celtic first team right now? I don’t know.
“Is he a player who can even qualify for a work permit in Scotland? That’s a very open question right now.
“We don’t know if he has the caps or would be able to get an exception.
“If Celtic see him as a project then, low risk high reward, if he joins and settles in well he has a lot of upside.”
The Verdict: Trust Postecoglou…
Reports last month suggested that the club are working on two new midfield additions for January, so Ideguchi could be one of those alongside Hatate.
Potential work permit issues aside, the Hoops should trust Postecoglou’s judgement when it comes to a possible swoop for Ideguchi, especially after reaping the rewards of Kyogo Furuhashi’s move over the summer, a player plenty of local fans and media wouldn’t have known much about beforehand.
Orlowitz may have his reservations on if the midfielder could hack it in Glasgow straight away, but he does have plenty of experience for his current employers and at international level.
He can also play in an attacking role and has plenty of trophies to his name, so if Postecoglou feels Ideguchi could bring something different to Celtic’s midfield options, then the Hoops should back him.
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