Ange's Celtic transfer masterplan gets some serious squad support

By Euan Davidson

December 8, 2021

With Ange Postecoglou and Celtic being linked with a transfer for half of the J League, you’d think that the current Bhoys squad might be a bit jumpy.

Actually, it’s the opposite, and largely because of how well Kyogo Furuhashi has taken to life in Scotland. At least, that’s the view of Greg Taylor.

Taylor, who gave a sardonic response to a Celtic transfer question in a press conference yesterday, absolutely loves working with Kyogo. Who wouldn’t? Beyond that though, the Scotland international absolutely sees the sense in Postecoglou mining the J League for Celtic additions.

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The left-back, who returned from injury against Dundee United at the weekend, said that he encourages Ange’s transfer masterplan.

Taylor commented [Scottish Sun]:

“I totally understand why the gaffer will look at the Japanese market. He managed over there, so he will have a strong knowledge of that league and many others.

“You just need to look at how well Kyogo has done to see the talent that is there. He has been a breath of fresh air for us since coming to the club. He’s an infectious character with the way he plays, his work-rate and his goals. Kyogo also does it all with a smile on his face.

“His level of performance has been top class and you look at his goal return. I can totally see why the manager would look to bring more players in from Japan. It makes total sense to me.”

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You’d hope the players would be right behind the manager on team matters. To cite Kyogo, who’s been brilliant in the Scottish top-flight, is absolutely the correct call here.

Admittedly, Kyogo gets a hard time from the press and from opposition fans at times. However, since his transfer to Celtic, he’s seemed nothing but enthusiastic to wear the green and white, and we’re sure he’s endorsed the club when he’s been on international duty.

He’s certainly keen to promote Celtic to football fans in Japan.

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Kyogo’s work ethic and attitude at Celtic since his transfer have been phenomenal. There’s a clear leadership there, and an example to follow. If Kyogo ever got tired from relentlessly pressing defenders or making incisive runs, you genuinely wouldn’t know.

Having more players of that ilk can only be a good thing.

As will Celtic making transfer moves for players that are familiar to Ange Postecoglou from his successful stint in the J League. Players that Ange can talk to directly, who can make an impact right away.

The fans are into it, the players are into it. It’s win-win.

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