Ange Postecoglou said promising things about Kyogo Furuhashi after Celtic defeat

By John McGinley

August 1, 2021

New Celtic signing Kyogo Furuhashi looks certain to start Thursday night’s match away to FK Jablonec in UEFA Europa League qualifying.

Furuhashi made his debut for the Bhoys during the Saturday clash against Hearts.

Despite the disappointing defeat, it was still pleasing to see the Japanese talent come into squad contention and play for 11 minutes at the end of the match.

Ange Postecoglou sounds excited about what Furuhashi has to offer, and has also offered a bit of insight into how the attacker might settle in Scotland.

Speaking to The Sunday Post [01/08 print edition, Post Match supplement page 2], Postecoglou said: “The good thing about Kyogo is that Japan was in mid-season, so he has good match fitness. And he is the kind of player the fans will enjoy watching. He is exciting. He certainly was in the J-league.

“Over there, attacking players tend to be foreigners, and he was the one Japanese attacking player who really excited every time he played. I tend to concentrate on my own team, but whenever we played Vissel Kobe, he stood out.

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“They had some tremendous players in Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen, but Kyogo was the one I always knew was going to be a constant threat. It was the one game my defenders never looked forward to. They knew his ability to get in behind, break lines and use his speed. He was a constant source of aggravation to us.

“He is at an age where I think he just really wants to prove himself over here in Europe. I think he will feed off the crowd, and the crowd will feed off him. I hope he has a really fantastic career at Celtic. To be fair to him, he began the process of learning English when he was in Japan. They’re pretty disciplined over there, and the ones who want to move to Europe start that process by themselves. It’s fair to say his English is a lot better than my Japanese!”

We’ve had to wait a long time for Furuhashi to come through quarantine since he signed. Matches have come and gone since the exciting announcement.

I can’t wait to see him feature on Thursday night. We should finally get to see what kind of attacker Ange likes to deploy in his set-up.

It could also answer question marks about his position going forward, with the option to play him on the left and through the middle.

We need the help either way. We’re relying on Anthony Ralston for goals these days.

In other news, Jablonec manager sounds worried about Celtic; compares Postecoglou’s team to Lennon’s.