Barcelona icon Iniesta's Sunday tweet to new Celtic signing Kyogo Furuhashi

By David Walton

July 18, 2021

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has today sent a class Twitter message to new Celtic signing Kyogo Furuhashi.

Furuhashi was announced as the club’s fourth senior summer arrival on Friday. He follows Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide, and Liel Abada into the first-team squad.

In his absence he leaves behind the club he’s played for over the course of the last three years. Throughout his entire spell with Vissel Kobe, he’s been a close team-mate of world footballing legend Iniesta.

And earlier this afternoon, the Vissel Kobe captain sent Furahashi a best of luck message on Twitter:

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The tweet translates as “Friend, a pleasure to share the dressing-room with you and see your growth. I am very happy that you can fulfill your dream of playing in European football. Good luck!”

Andres Iniesta offers good luck wish to new Celtic signing Kyogo Furahashi

No surprises to see this from Iniesta today. It comes just a day after he spoke passionately about his now-former teammate after his final game for the club.

Furahashi netted 49 goals in 111 appearances for Vissel Kobe during his three-year period. It’s alongside Iniesta that the Japanese striker has thrived and blitzed onto the scene after a previous spell with FC Gifu.

It’s clear the pair were close during their days together also. Playing off an icon such as Iniesta should have done wonders for the development of plenty of the club’s players, not just Furuhashi.

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His footballing intelligence is going to be put to the test as a centre-forward at Celtic. Especially in matches where he may need to play the lone striker role.

But Furuhashi looks like a shrewd signing regardless of what formation he needs to fit into. He’s an out-and-out goal machine, and we simply can’t turn those kinds of players away just now.

Like everyone, I’m itching to see what he can do in Scotland.

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