Nothing in Tsukasa Morishima link, Jordan Larsson clickbait, Ryan Mmaee’s injury

A tweet from SM Media last night appears to be where the rumour started that Celtic were interested in 23 year old Japanese attacking midfielder Tsukasa Morishima. Apparently the Sanfreece Hiroshima and would cost Celtic around £1.5 million.

We had a quick look at the time to see what these ‘Reports in Japan’ were saying but couldn’t find anything to back up the claim made below, so that was that really.

Hiroshima’s Tsukasa Morishima (L) vies for the ball with Kobe’s Dankler (R) in an empty stadium during the J-League match between Vissel Kobe and Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Kobe on July 4, 2020 (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Over on Kerrydale Street the rumour was initially – for about ten minutes – taken seriously and the player’s attributes examined, with this video posted.

It didn’t take long for the penny to drop though. “The Japanese journos on twitter who Celtic fans frequent are rubbishing this story as being reported by guff accounts and not real sources.”

Respected football journalist Dan Orlowitz has actually traced the rumour back to an article in the Daily Record in May where they simply listed a number of players who they reckoned might be worthy of a place on Celtic’s radar and Tsukasa Morishima’s was included on that list.

Spartak Moscow’s Swedish forward Jordan Larsson celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League football match between Spartak Moscow and Leicester City at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on October 20, 2021. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP) (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s a bit like a Celtic Fan Media site saying Celtic should look at signing Henrik’s boy but never claiming any interest from the club in that deal. That does not stop the mainstream media though and front-runners AIK dropping out of the running seems to ‘open the door’ for Celtic…despite there being zero indication that Celtic have any interest in signing Jordan Larsson.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – SEPTEMBER 30: Ryan Mmaee of Ferencvarosi is challenged by Andres Guardado of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Ferencvarosi TC and Real Betis at Groupama Arena on September 30, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

Then there’s Celtic interest in Ryan Mmaee, who apparently is currently recovering from injury, so would struggle to pass any medical. There were ‘mixed messages’ from the Ferencvaros sporting director Tamas Hajnal yesterday according to Video Celts. That ‘mixed messaqes’ assessment was pretty accurate given what was said, yet the mainstream media managed to run stories from both sides of what was said, basically Ryan Mmaee isn’t getting sold now (he’s injured) but the window is open for a long time so can’t rule out it happening further down the line.

Hajnal was asked about Celtic’s interest in the player by Ferencvaros fan site Ulloi129 and said” “ No. He is currently recovering from his injury. We are waiting for him to help us when he is in good condition. It is almost impossible for him to leave before the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.”

However he also added as reported by Daily Record: “At the moment, every position has the right competitive situation. Based on the composition, we can play football in different game systems. But I cannot conclusively state that there will be no more changes. There is still a lot of time until the end of the transfer window.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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