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Celtic Sensation Opens Up On Future & Discusses Premier League Move: Why The Hoops Must Retain His Services

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In a recent interview with Japanese commentator Takashi Mizunuma (as quoted by the Daily Record), Celtic sensation Kyogo Furuhashi has opened up on his future and Premier League aspirations. A blistering start at Parkhead has led to discussions over a potential move south of the border in the coming days, but the attacker has shown great maturity and humbleness to handle the speculations.

“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. I want to do the best I can and contribute to (both) teams.”

Said the 26-year-old who has fired in 8 goals already in 11 Celtic appearances across competitions.

Furuhashi, a familiar face in J1 League, was little known in Europe a few months ago. Ange Postecoglou, the former Yokohama F. Marinos chief, explored his connection and influence to secure his services from Vissel Kobe. The player took little time to make his presence known in Scottish football and the Hoops suffered significantly when he picked up an injury last month while representing Japan. The fans are hoping to have him back unscathed from the national camp as they are fortunate enough to have ‘Kyogoal’ leading the line following the exit of Odsonne Edouard.

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates his goal against Aberdeen
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 03: Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images ( and Imago Images (

Why Celtic Would Be In Deep Trouble If They Fail To Retain His Services

Although ‘French Eddie’ has left for Crystal Palace back in summer, the Bhoys have not missed their former hitman thanks to the sharpness and poaching traits of the Japanese ‘number 9’. He is also efficient from the wide, but the gaffer is preferring him down the middle ahead of Albian Ajeti and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

While Giakoumakis is struggling due to fitness reasons since his time from VVV-Venlo, the work rate of Furuhashi has earned him the nod over Ajeti considering the latter’s lack of involvement in the attacking build-ups. The Switzerland international is more of a traditional centre-forward who has failed to make the opportunities count during Furuhashi’s absence high up the pitch.

The Hoops had a busy window in terms of both incoming and departures. They are working towards rebuilding the squad for long-term success and the club can’t afford to lose their key individuals anytime soon if they wish to reclaim the lost crown within the next couple of years.

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