It came as a surprise to many in Scotland last week when the two hoops were omitted from Japan’s squad for their upcoming matches.
Hajime Moriyasu chose not to pick the two-star pair from his squad despite enjoying two stellar seasons in a row.
The Japan coach stated that the level of the Premier League was a factor in his decision to drop both players.
However, there was a place in his team for Daisen Maeda.
And Nicholas believes Moriyasu’s stance, while wrong in his opinion, may have implications for his former club’s progress.
He wrote in the Daily Express column: “Japan ignoring Keiju Furuhashi and Ryo Hatate in their upcoming friendlies may be good for Celtic in the short term – but it could cost my old side two of their stars. That’s my long term fear.”
Will Kyogo and Katie get frustrated if they are constantly ignored by their patriotic side?
“Both are passionate about their country and are great ambassadors for Japan. Of course they want to play for their national team, so I’m afraid this will lead to them feeling compelled to leave Scotland to move up to a bigger league if they are to fulfill their ambitions.
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However, I am baffled by how Japan’s coach Hajime Moriyasu was apparently able to learn the pair. It’s really quite a surprise, as I regularly watch Hatate and Kyogo.
I mean, why did they have him on his team before the World Cup? He seemed happy with them but left the duo behind for Qatar.
While he seemed to trust another Celtic star, Daizen Maeda – understandably so – he now seemed to reject Hatate and Kyogo as team members.
“As a manager he has the right to make those calls – and he’ll know his team much better than I do. But I find it strange because I think Hatate and Kyugu have improved as players under Ange Postecoglou since joining him at Celtic.
So, if Japan coach Moriyasu doesn’t think they’re good enough, what level do they need to be at? Of course, as a big fan of both of them, I think they should be on his team.
“Yes, I realize that Japan has done well in terms of their World Cup preparation – but Kyogo and Katite will provide them with more quality. Perhaps the coach prefers to play defensively and attack on the counter.
“It must be frustrating for the duo, although they have maintained high levels at Celtic, so it could be the perceived weakness in our league that is holding them back.
“I understand that because there is a big gap between the old team and the rest of our top flight. And remember Celtic and Rangers haven’t done great in Europe this season, so that’s another negative against the league.
“The thing is, you can only conquer what’s in front of you. I wish the Japanese coach would reach out to Ange, though, to discuss the situation because, as it stands, he doesn’t look particularly good for Kyogo or hate under Moriyasu.”
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