With Japan already qualified for the World Cup, it is more likely Reo Hatate will feature in their home game against Vietnam, which kicks off tomorrow morning UK time. Whether he plays or not, Reo will have a burdensome journey back eight time zones to reach Glasgow. Even perfectly rested, it remains a huge ask to get his body clock adjusted for the weekend.
Daizen Maeda endured that journey last month ahead of the same opponents we face on Sunday. Ange Postecoglou started the player on the bench, preferring the then out of favour Giorgos Giakoumakis.
Selection for left mid is likely to be Ange’s biggest worry this week. We are likely to see no more than 60 minutes from whoever starts there. The lack of certainty is likely to influence who plays left of the front three. I expect the more industrious Daizen Maeda than Jota.