Japan quartet aiming for glory


Ange Postecoglou arrived in Glasgow its got to be said with many asking who is this man? Over half a year later and not many in the Scottish game can question him or his work in the transfer market as we have seen him pick gems from the J League who are ready to step right into the mix of Scottish football. 

The J League market 

Kyogo Furuhashi arrived at Celtic as one of the first bits of business under new management for the club still in shock after losing the title to rivals Rangers in such a sorry fashion. To fans in Glasgow, a move for a J League player did not excite the fans and many around Scottish football were questioning how long Ange and co would last. 

Followers of football in Japan would have been able to tell you that Kyogo would prove to be a great player as he had impressed on many occasions, with his club Vissel Kobe playing alongside a certain AndrĂ©s Iniesta.

Despite the glowing report cards from fans in Japan, it took time for it all to gel, this was seen as the first game of the season ended in defeat for Celtic with Kyogo playing the final 11 minutes. Following this, it all came together for the 27-year-old although injuries have limited his game time. 

Celtic have of course already won a trophy with Kyogo putting in a man of a match award against a very good Hibernian side but they came back from the winter break sitting six points from the top. 

The gap made Ange return to the league he knows very well and he brought back three stars in Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda. Once again the Scottish media said surely bringing so many who don't know Scottish football won't work.

In fact, going into the derby match with the Rangers on Wednesday the media talked about how the side in blue had the better players and Celtic would be lucky to get a draw. This shows how little they know as Celtic run out comfortable 3-0 winners with Reo Hatate getting two. 

The match also saw Daizen Maeda make a fleeting appearance despite having played in Japan the previous day in their World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia. 

I think it is now clear to see for anyone looking in that Ange knows the market in Japan and he may have set the trend to show that talent from Japan can make it in Scotland while also possibly putting themselves in the shop window for a move to a bigger league in Europe. 

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