Ange Postecoglou delivers class Furuhashi update as Celtic's new number 8 sends Twitter message to fans

By John McGinley

July 30, 2021

The latest Celtic fans will see Kyogo Furuhashi make his debut will be next Thursday, Ange Postecoglou has confirmed today.

Furuhashi has been going through quarantine over the last ten days.

However, Postecoglou has hinted he could feature against Hearts tomorrow, if he hears back positive news on eligibility.

The Bhoys boss said today [Celtic YouTube]: “He’s good. He’s doing his quarantine down in London but he’s out with test and release down there. He’s been training with one of our guys we sent down there. He’s doing individual sessions and today’s his last day.

“The good thing about Kyogo is he’s mid-season so apart from the days in quarantine and travel he should be in good condition. I’m just waiting to hear on updates about his eligibility. But if not tomorrow he’ll definitely be available for Thursday [vs Jablonec].”

The news comes as Furuhashi officially joins the Celtic squad as the team’s new number eight following the departure of Scott Brown.

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The club announced that news just moments ago. Furuhashi told the official website: “I am absolutely delighted to be a Celtic player and I can’t wait to join up with the manager and my team-mates and start playing for our great supporters. This move to Scotland and to Celtic is huge for me and I am so excited.

‘The number 8 is a number I have always loved and one I wanted to wear. I know it’s a massive number for Celtic fans and was worn for so long by Scott Brown, who is one of the club’s true heroes. I am well aware of what he gave to the club. He is a real legend of Celtic and knowing that Scott has worn this jersey for so long with such success will be extra motivation for me to do my very best to honour and pay tribute to him as best I can.

“It is also the number worn by my former team-mate, Andres Iniesta, someone I am very close to and who I am privileged to call a friend. To wear the number of these two great players means a lot and it is a phenomenal honour for me. I will work hard to do it justice.

“But it won’t all be about numbers for me. This is about Celtic, about joining a brilliant football club, about hard work, getting to know my team-mates, enjoying football, working closely with the manager and giving my supporters everything I have.”

Furuhashi also sent a brilliant Tweet out making it clear his dream has come true.

Both Furuhashi’s and Carl Starfelt’s arrivals to the squad are huge boosts for Celtic.

It’d be great to see them both play in some capacity tomorrow night, even if it’s the defender from the start and Furuhashi from the bench.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou shuts down reporter doubting his Hearts knowledge ahead of Celtic test.