Ange Postecoglou explains Celtic move for Yuki Kobayashi

By John McGinley

November 23, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has delivered his thoughts on the Bhoys signing up Yuki Kobayashi to a five-year deal, revealing that the club have been tracking his progress for a while.

The defender was announced as the club’s latest signing earlier today – yet another statement of intent from the champions.

Postecoglou is delighted to have him on board, especially because he fills a need in a position that it’s hard to find quality for.

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Speaking to the official club website, the Bhoys boss said: “We’re really pleased. Yuki is someone that we’ve been following for a while and it was a great opportunity to bring him in. He’s a left-sided centre-back, and they’re hard to find.

“He’s still young but he’s already had three of four years of senior experience and he’s really keen to come across and test himself in Europe. I think we saw last year that bringing in guys nice and early gives us the opportunity to bed them in, in that six-month period of the second half of the season, and we’re really looking forward to having him as part of the group.

“He’s at a really good age where he’s already had some great experience but with great potential ahead of him. He’s a good young man who wants to have a real crack at it here in Europe and for us it’s a great opportunity to invest in a young player again.”

Most Celtic supporters won’t have seen Kobayashi in action but it’s still an exciting day for fans. Postecoglou is making it clear this squad will continue to evolve and optimise.

Clearly, the manager has been looking for a left-sided defender for a while and I know a fair amount of supporters who have been banging that drum too.

Everyone is hoping that Kobayashi can settle in the country well and push for a starting spot quickly alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers with Carl Starfelt providing strong competition.

Still just 22 though, there’s plenty of time for him to make an impact without too much pressure on his shoulders.

In other news, Yuki Kobayashi speaks after signing 5-year deal for Celtic.