Ange Postecoglou explains why Celtic have signed Kyogo Furuhashi

By John McGinley

July 16, 2021

Celtic have confirmed the signing of Kyogo Furuhashi from J1-League club Vissel Kobe.

A Japanese international, the 26-year-old will be competing for a starting position in Ange Postecoglou’s squad.

The manager is delighted to bring him on board, having obviously been a big fan of him as manager of Yokohama F.Marinos.

Postecoglou told the official website: “We are delighted to bring Kyogo Furuhashi to Celtic. He is a player of real quality and clearly someone I know well.

“I think he will add something special to our squad and I am sure the way he plays will excite our supporters. We look forward to welcoming him to Celtic.”

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Furuhashi is having a great season in Japan, netting 15 goals in 21 appearances, so it’ll be exciting to see if he can hit the ground running at the Bhoys after travelling to Scotland.

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In total he’s scored 48 goals and assisted 18 times in 110 appearances for his club, having also spent time at FC Gifu. [Transfermarkt]

Postecoglou has obviously identified him as a player who can fit into his new tactical system at the Bhoys. I can’t wait to see how this one works out!

The signing also again shows that excitement can come from absolutely anywhere at Celtic this summer. No one really had a clue about this one until the Japanese club posted a fee agreement.

Hopefully, it’s a sign Celtic are close to other signings too. We still have some priority positions to fill, notably in defence.

In other news, Iniesta on Furuhashi.

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