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Was A Gentleman’s Agreement Responsible For Delivering Kyogo To Celtic?

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The more you hear about Maeda the more you wonder it was he, and not Kyogo, who was brought to Glasgow first under Ange Postecoglou.

Don’t get me wrong; this has worked out for the best, and there is no doubt that is the case. But I wonder just the same.

Maeda so clearly respects the manager and the manager knows him.

The two worked together to dazzling effect. The reports all suggest that Ange turned him into the powerhouse striker the Japanese press has been raving about.

So why wasn’t Maeda first and not Kyogo? Could it be that the manager is a class act all the way and gave his former club a gentleman’s agreement that the deal would not be completed until their domestic season was? It seems likely.

From all we know about Ange, that does seem a possibility. And in the event that it was we’ve gotten doubly lucky because we’ve wound up with both players at the club. That might have happened anyway, but it’s worth pondering.

It’s worth pondering because it means Ange has a wide-angle lens.

It means he sees the whole board, not just one little section of it.

It means that he can improvise when he has to, and that bodes well for all of our future transfer business, once he has his own scouting teams working and once the options he gets presented with are properly vetted.

In the meantime, he’ll work off his personal knowledge and the crucial thing to remember is that his knowledge of Scotland is growing as well. Which is why there will be Scottish signings in our future, once Ange knows who will fit into the system.

We’ve gotten two exceptional forward line players here from Japan.

The test for Ange now will be fitting him into the system.

But I suspect that it will confirm him as an innovator. I am really looking forward to seeing what he makes of this squad, but Maeda in particular. The combination between him and Kyogo could be what tips this title our way.

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  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Looking forward, the relationship between Ange and the Board will be the factor which decides how much we get from Ange as a Club. If that relationship remains tight and cordial, then Ange will be comfortable in giving us good service at a time in his career where he must be near his optimum best. Should that relationship be allowed to stumble or falter, then Ange would have no problem getting a good job elsewhere with the experience he has. It will be down to the Board then. What bothers though, is the manner in which he was brought in. It wasn’t exactly a Red Carpet welcome, with all that he has been through already. It is bound to take extra energy to deal with all that. Just how much, we will have to wait and see!

  • REBELLIOUS says:

    Too right, I cannae wait for the second half of the season, I honestly cannot ever recall wanting a transfer window shut ASAP as much as I want this one shut; simply to enable Our Fans to see exactly what Ange has got Us for Xmas…

  • Jimmy says:

    Looking at some of the you tube footage one thing is certain, His pace is electric. Ange knows the player very well. I can see a fantastic partnership based on pace and movement causing headaches to teams not only in the Spl but in Europe as well.

  • Peter Cassidy says:

    Hope he hits the ground running as they say just hope he settles in quickly looks a real good player with pace welcome all the new lads.

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