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Celtic star’s career is over as pundit labels unfair ‘failure’ tag to Ange signing

Ange Postecoglou’s success in the transfer market is unrivalled to any other Celtic manager this century. Even Martin O’Neill’s.

Now before anyone thinks I am saying the legend that O’Neill was a failure in the transfer market, I am not. But the amount of signings that Postecoglou has made that have been successful is quite remarkable.

A few haven’t worked out. Oliver Abildgaard and James McCarthy for starters but that is only because of the incredible form of both Callum McGregor and Matt O’Riley.

And, of course, there is one player who’s career was cut short through no fault of his own. Yosuke Ideguchi.

The Japanese midfielder was signed alongside Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate last January and on his debut against Alloa in the Scottish Cup, was subject to a horrific tackle that hampered his Paradise career.

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Now that he finds himself out on loan, pundit (and Rangers Review contributor) Tam McManus has labelled him a ‘failure’.

“In fairness to Ange, Ideguchi might be one of only two transfers you could say have been a failure on his watch,” McManus told Football Insider.

“The rest of the Japanese players have been excellent and you can’t get everything right in recruitment. It’s hard to judge because no one has really seen him.

“He hasn’t kicked a ball for Celtic then he gets an injury right at the start. I don’t think he has ever recovered and it is so hard to get into that midfield at the best of times.

“As long as you are getting more right than you are getting wrong in recruitment then you will stay ahead of the game.

A very unfair label put on a player who was behind McGregor in the pecking order and spent most of his time on the treatment table.

Anything to appease the Ibrox hordes though eh, Tam?

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