Celtic’s forgotten Japanese, Yosuke Ideguchi, looks as if he’s on the brink of leaving the club in January.
According to the press, there are clubs back in Japan who are interested in taking him off our hands and we’re in the mood to do business.
Even the best managers get some signings wrong, and for this boy things just haven’t worked out as planned. It’s not that he’s a bad player – I don’t believe that he is – it’s just that he isn’t quite good enough to get into this side.
That’s nothing to be ashamed of. Ideguchi would probably get into every team in this league, including the one across the city, but right now there’s just no room for him and I don’t see that his position is going to improve any. He’s been unlucky, that’s all, and the very worst thing that can happen to now is to rot in our second string.
We are clearly looking to bring in some new players above and beyond those who’ve already arrived at the club, and Ange’s ruthlessness may come to the fore in moving on Juranovic.
He will not keep a player in the squad who isn’t going to contribute.
I feel bad for this lad.
He’s 26, which is too old to be going backwards and not playing every week. Indeed, he hasn’t played a single minute in the current campaign.
It’s not that we haven’t seen him at his best, we haven’t seen him at all.
The feeling now is that we’re probably not going to.
Maybe it’s British football; maybe it’s just not suited to him, because he wasn’t very impressive when he was at Leeds. Ange wanted to give him a chance. Ange obviously had faith in him.
But Ange is an unsentimental man. This is why he doesn’t get too chummy with the players in his charge. Because he might have to make decisions like this one day.
The bottom line here is that of all the signings the boss has made, this is the one that has worked out least well and he’s probably not prepared to wait any longer for it to change.
This club continues to evolve in the manner of Ange’s choosing, and that evolution will not be delayed or halted by anyone. Ideguchi was a player he knew and who he thought might do a job.
The swiftness with which he has concluded otherwise – remember, this guy was signed less than a year ago – shows what our manager is about.