Celtic defender Greg Taylor beams about playing with "smiley, bubbly" Kyogo Furuhashi

By Euan Davidson

August 20, 2021

Celtic defender Greg Taylor has revealed he’s delighted to working with Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi.

Kyogo, currently the top scorer in both Japan [ESPN] and Scotland [BBC], has wowed supporters with his effort, goals and off-pitch personality. He recently delighted unsuspecting members of the Hoops faithful by turning up in IKEA, and posing for photos.

We all need furniture after a big move, after all. Not only that, he’s ingratiating himself with supporters in other ways. His social media has been a hit, with the Japanese striker sharing snaps of himself exploring the city.

Taylor, who has impressed in his own way, described what it was like to work with the Japanese international. He said that language remains a bit of an issue, but Kyogo has already made himself a popular character in the dressing room.

Taylor said [Celtic YouTube]:

“He’s really pleasant, he’s trying to learn the language, whether you’re trying to have a conversation through himself [or] with the help of the interpreter.

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“Very smiley, bubbly character. But as you say, he’s trying to still trying to learn the language.

“He’s not quite cracking jokes just yet!”

Greg Taylor and Kyogo Furuhashi; a potential partnership on the left for Celtic?

23-year-old Taylor has made a decent start to 21-22, after an impressive season the year prior. Despite all the chaos going on around him, and the threat of Diego Laxalt taking his spot, Taylor earned a call-up for Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad.

Clearly, he’s getting to grips with a radical new style of play, in comparison to life under Neil Lennon. But Taylor has the tools to thrive under Postecoglou, and has been quietly improving as an inverted full-back.

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Getting into central areas, or providing an overlap on the flank, Taylor will surely get his share of assists and key passes this season.

And he may well do so thanks to Kyogo Furuhashi. Capable of being a nuisance for opposition defences on the left or front of a three, the ex-Vissel Kobe man’s movement is an absolute hazard.

Surely, when they build an understanding over the season, Taylor can be perfect fodder for the Japanese forward. Able to pick out a clever pass, the defender is improving his game across the pitch.

The striker may not be cracking jokes yet, but if Taylor and Kyogo build an understanding on the pitch, they’ll be laughing when the trophies are handed out in May.

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