Vissel Kobe announce class Celtic Kyogo collaboration

By Lewis Laird

July 5, 2022

J-League side Vissel Kobe have announced merchandise, paying tribute to Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi.

Signing during last summer’s window, the 27-year-old has quickly become a hero amongst the Celtic support for his performances under Ange Postecoglou.

Particularly during the opening half of the campaign, Kyogo acted as a talismanic figure for the former Socceroos boss.

To bring Kyogo to the club, Postecoglou used his knowledge from his time spent in Japan managing Yokohama F Marinos.

The striker was brought to Glasgow from Vissel Kobe after enjoying a successful four years with the club, which kick-started his career, ultimately earning him his move to Europe.

Despite leaving around 12 months ago, the Japanese internationalist still holds a strong relationship with his former club.

Last month, during Kyogo’s summer break back in Japan, he made the trip to visit his ex-teammates at the training ground and was also welcomed home by the fans.

Vissel Kobe has decided to pay further tribute to the Hoops frontman, releasing special merchandise, including half-and-half scarves and mugs.

Celtic have also announced they will be part of the collaboration, and these items can be purchased online by Japanese customers.

Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images

Whilst this sort of merchandise isn’t really something you would see all that often from clubs in the UK, it’s not the first time a Japanese club have paid tribute to a departing figure headed for Glasgow.

Last season, Ange Postecoglou received his own special tribute by Yokohama, and it appears to be something that is quite regular in Japan when a popular player/manager heads for Europe.

I am sure fans of Vissel Kobe, Celtic and Kyogo will be loving this release and picking up as many pieces of merch as possible.

In other news, Karamoko Dembele explains decision to sign for Brest after Celtic departure.