Celtic man Kyogo's EPL remark was harmless and has been blown way out of proportion

By David Walton

October 12, 2021

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi’s recent EPL remark has been scrutinised to death and has now been blown way out of proportion.

The Hoops star was speaking to Japanese media before the current international break. When asked about the EPL and whether he would like to follow in Odsonne Edouard’s footsteps, he said the following [Dan Orlowitz]:

“Many players go from Scotland to the EPL. It’s motivating to see Takehiro Tomiyasu do well. Good results could open that path for me, but I have to get results to survive at Celtic and the Japan National Team.”

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That was incredibly retaliated to by English pundit Noel Whelan, who made the following remarks via Football Insider:

“Rather than talking about speculation about the Premier League, first and foremost he has to do his job with Celtic. The last thing that Celtic will want to hear right now is him talking about the Premier League when he’s got a massive job ahead of him at the club.

“He’s been there what – two minutes? It shows a little bit of a lack of respect if you ask me.”

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Kyogo Furuhashi showed no disrespect to Celtic by mentioning EPL

Firstly, let’s get this out the way – Celtic fans expect talented foreign-based players to want to taste a bigger league than the Scottish Premiership. It wouldn’t come as any surprise to find out that Kyogo may also be eyeing up bigger things than what Celtic Park can offer him one day.

There’s an acceptance there already from the Hoops support that if he does well and progresses here, he’ll head elsewhere. Whether that be England or another of Europe’s top leagues, who knows?

But the striking thing about this is that Furuhashi didn’t entertain a thing. It’s not as if he’s started talking up how much he’s desperate to play in England. He hasn’t provided any timelines or even suggested that that’s where he wants to play his football.

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Kyogo even goes out of his way to talk about the job he needs to do at Celtic Park first. Whelan comes across as someone who has just been told about the comments and hasn’t looked at them in the context of the conversation. The Japanese international is anything but disrespectful.

Regardless, the traction the comments have gotten around the Scottish media is even more incredible. There haven’t been enough voices calling these comments out for what they are – sheer nonsense. It’s the kind of headline that hardly helps a player settle into a new country.

Thankfully, Kyogo will likely take no real interest in recent reports. Not that he owes anyone an explanation either. All he did was answer a question on his future, and he didn’t leave any Celtic supporter concerned with his commitment to the football club either.

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