YOSUKE IDEGUCHI’S anticipated return to Japan has been confirmed by Celtic.

The former international anchorman finally ended his misery at Parkhead with a move back to his homeland, a deal forecast by CQN THIRTEEN months ago!

Ideguchi, who spent last year on loan at Avispa Fukuoka, has sealed a permanent switch to J-League champions Vissel Kobe in a deal that could bring in £740,000 to the Parkhead coffers.

The 27-year-old midfielder arrived at the champions in a triple deal along with Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda two years ago, but made only seven appearances following a transfer that never got off the ground.

NEW BHOYS…Yosuke Ideguchi leads out Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate after Celtic’s triple J-League swoop in January 2022. Now the defensive midfielder has returned to his homeland. 

He made his debut on the same January 17 evening as his countrymen when Ange Postecoglou’s side overcame Hibs 2-0 at Parkhead. However, an ankle injury the following month in the Scottish Cup roughhouse at Alloa saw the player sidelined for a lengthy period.

Now the Hoops have announced his move on Twitter.

Ideguchi could be joined in his homeland by Yuki Kobayashi who is likely to be allowed to go on a loan contract with the likely destination being Yokohama F Marinos, who are now managed by former Hoops first-team coach Harry Kewell.

The 23-year-old left-sided centre-back has yet to figure since the return of Brendan Rodgers in June.

Also heading for the Parkhead exit is summer recruit Kwon Hyeok-kyu with the defensive midfielder likely to return on a loan switch to South Korea while winger Marco Tilio, currently on international duty with Australia in the Asian Cup, could head home on a temporary transfer to get some game-time.

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