Hajime Moriyasu, the Japanese international manager, has given Celtic a Christmas present.
Only domestic J-League players will be called up for international duty in January, allowing Kyogo to remain in Glasgow and get some much-needed rest.
Furthermore, according to Mainichi, Hajime will enable any players leaving the J-League to skip international duty as well. Maeda and Hatate, two players who have been linked with a move to Celtic, are in the squad but would be permitted to leave if they were to join the club.
After the Glasgow Derby, there is a winter break in Scotland in January, but Kyogo had already played half a season in Japan and subsequently joined Celtic. Before May, there’s another long stretch of games, so giving Kyogo and any other Japanese exports a respite is a huge help.
Kyogo has been a sensation for Celtic, but Ange has been wary of the striker getting worn out. This aids in that area, and it could also be crucial in the integration of new J-League recruits at Celtic.