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.”

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.

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.