How things could have been so different for Kyogo Furuhashi and Celtic

By Lewis Laird

June 9, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has been a revelation since arriving from Japan last summer.

The 27-year old was one of Ange Postecoglou’s first key signings as the club underwent a huge rebuild, which included a further 11 players joining in the same window.

Postecoglou used his prior knowledge of the J-League from his time working with Yokohama F Marinos to pick up Furuhashi, who had already been catching the attention of clubs across Europe.

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The Japanese internationalist went on to have a fantastic season in the Green and White Hoops, scoring 20 goals and providing a further five assists.

Kyogo did spend large spells of the campaign out through injury. But, his impact on the club was felt massively during the first half of the season and the final few fixtures in 2022.

Memorably, the frontman scored a brilliant double in the Premier Sports cup final against Hibernian to deliver Postecoglou his first piece of silverware as Celtic manager.

However, things could have been very different for Furuhashi and Celtic had he made a different choice earlier in his career. He may not even be playing at all.

Speaking in an interview with Tokyo Weekender, Kyogo revealed that he almost gave up on football at the age of 22 before getting his opportunity with J2 side Gifu in 2017.

“I was ready to give up,” admits Kyogo. “I’d been playing [soccer] since I was five and did okay at student level. In my final year at university, I had trials at different teams, but I couldn’t find a team.

“Fortunately, I had many supportive people around me, especially my parents, who were brilliant. That helped me keep going, and I eventually got my chance at Gifu.”

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Kyogo’s move to Celtic came from circumstances falling into place

Thankfully, Kyogo kicked on with his former side and ended up playing alongside Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe before moving to Glasgow.

It is crazy to think about how many things fell into the right place at the right time for Kyogo to come to Celtic, such as previous moves to Europe falling through.

The appointment of Ange Postecoglou was what brought the Celtic star to Parkhead, and had that not happened, we would never known about the incredible striker.

The rest, as they say, is history, and we can look forward to seeing Kyogo in action on the biggest stages of them all, in the Champions League next season.

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