“It will motivate them”, those are the words of Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, as the news comes that Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate have been snubbed from the Japanese squad, however Madea made it in.
Orlowitz writing in the Japan Times stated: “Maeda is an end-to-end attacker; for better or for worse Japan will need his legs at some point.
“When you’re playing Germany and Spain you probably need that more than Kyogo’s skillset.
“I understand Hatate hasn’t had enough time to work his way into the system, but it still burns.”
Ange, said about the snub:“Yeah, obviously I do (feel for them a bit). I was fortunate enough to be a manager at a World Cup. It’s one of those tournaments, I am sure, for every football player, it’s a dream of theirs to get there.
“I think they both would have been very close to getting there, particularly Kyogo, and I’m disappointed for them. Reo’s probably got another one or two cycles of World Cups to potentially go to. But, with Kyogo, at his age, I think he’s still got one in him because he’s still young.
“But you want to take these opportunities. Disappointed for them, but both of them are really strong characters. I know that they will take it in the right way, and it’ll motivate them to make sure that they continue to play their football to the best of their ability at our football club, and these opportunities will come again.”
The Celtic gaffer’s policy of rotation will stay, he said: “I think we’ve been a little bit unfair to him. As a striker, you love a run of games.
“This time last year, he was scoring every week because I was playing him every week. Then he did his hamstring and he was out for two months.
“I wasn’t going to let that happen again this year.”
Looking to the game against Real Madrid, perhaps is Matt O’Reilly’s last chance to make a push for the Danish team, as boss Kasper Hjulmand set to name his final squad at the end of the week, and the midfielder is still in the running.
“I’m in a good position to show what I can do, but I am not trying to put too much pressure on myself. I have performed pretty well throughout this season in general consistency-wise, so this is another chance to kind of add to the foundations I have built and, if all goes well, I go.
“Of course, but I hope I have planted enough seeds to show what I am about at this stage and I’ll try to do the same. I always do. We’ll see what happens.”