When Celtic's newest recruit Yuki Kobayashi will be able to join training

By Lewis Laird

November 24, 2022

Celtic’s January transfer business is already anyway, after the signing of Yuki Kobayashi on a five-year deal from J-League side Vissel Kobe.

The 22-year-old looks to be another great pickup from Ange Postecoglou, who has once again used his knowledge of the Japanese market to his advantage.

In seasons gone by, supporters have become used to seeing the Hoops business conducted late, particularly in January, with the winter window being regarded as a tough one to shop in.

However, Ange Postecoglou and his recruitment team are starting to buck that trend by putting transfer planning into place well in advance.

The Celtic fans were pleasantly surprised by the news that the Bhoys had completed their first move of the window, and we haven’t even entered December.

With still over a month until the January window opens on the first day of 2023, Kobayashi will have to wait until then before he can officially play for the Hoops.

However, thankfully, for Postecoglou, his coaching staff and the Japanese defender, he won’t need to wait as long to join up with his Celtic teammates in training.

The club confirmed that Kobayashi can officially start training with his teammates on the 1st of December 2022, giving him some extra time to get up to speed.

His arrival at Celtic also comes at an ideal time, with the Hoops preparing to jet off to Portugal for a warm-weather camp at the beginning of next month.

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Yuki Kobayashi arrives in ideal time to join European training camp.

Even before his move to join Celtic was confirmed, Kobayashi was already beginning to take the necessary steps to keep up his fitness.

The defender joined in an impromptu training session at his old club, helping his teammate Nanasei Iino recover from injury, despite the season finishing several weeks ago.

The Hoops first game back domestically comes on the 17th of December, when Ange Postecoglou’s side travel to take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The trip up north is followed by a further three games before 2022 comes to a close, and the first game Kobayashi will be available for will be the Glasgow derby at the beginning of the year.

So, the Japanese central defender has plenty of time to build his fitness whilst his teammates start off the second half of the campaign.

Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images

That being said, it will come as a huge boost to Postecoglou that his latest recruit can start training next month rather than having to wait until the New Year.

It gives him over a month to get to the fitness required under the Celtic manager and also time to acclimatise to his new teammates at Parkhead.

The trip to Portugal is the perfect opportunity for him to do exactly that, and I am sure the former Socceroos boss will be delighted that is the case.

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