Celtic have been dealt a setback ahead of Sunday’s season opener against Aberdeen…
As per The Scottish Sun, January arrival Yosuke Ideguchi is set to miss the start of the new campaign with injury, having picked up a fresh issue in training ahead of that meeting with the Dons at Parkhead this weekend.
That latest problem is set to ensure yet another spell on the sidelines for the Japan international, with the 25-year-old having been plagued by injury since joining the Old Firm outfit from Gamba Osaka in the winter window.
The 5 foot 7 gem has been restricted to just six appearances for the Hoops in all competitions thus far, with an injury sustained against Alloa just a matter of weeks into his spell at the club having made life increasingly difficult.
Although manager Ange Postecoglou does have several midfield options to choose from for the upcoming clash with James Goodwin’s side – particularly following the recent arrival of compatriot Aaron Mooy – it will undoubtedly be a huge concern to see Ideguchi once again struck down by injury.
There may already be those who have simply written the £675k-rated man off such has been the disastrous, albeit unfortunate, nature of his start to life in Glasgow, with the central midfielder now once again facing a battle to try and stake a claim for a starting berth when he does return from the treatment table.
With almost every incoming of the Postecoglou era having thrived at Celtic Park thus far, the versatile ace has been something of an anomaly to date, with concern perhaps growing as to whether he could prove to be a rare mistake of the new regime.
Formerly on the books of Leeds United, albeit without making a first-team appearance at Elland Road, the 15-cap gem has admitted he struggled to make his mark in his previous spell in European football – having endured spells out on loan in both Germany and Spain – although had hoped for a “second chance” in Scotland.
Alas, at present his time with the Scottish champions looks to be following a similar pattern, with fears that it could be a deal that simply fails to work out for all parties.