Transfer Latest – Celtic set to make it a quintet of Japanese players

According to a report in Japan, Celtic are once again looking to get their winter transfer deals done as early as possible. The news comes from Sponichi publication, which claim a fee has been agreed upon between Kyogo Furuhashi’s old club, Vissel Kobe and the Hoops for centre-back, Yuki Kobayashi.

The 22-year-old will fly to Glasgow on the opening of the January transfer window to sign on the dotted line, pending a medical apparently. A left-footed defender, it states that he has been coveted since his days as a youngster in the Kobe academy.

Recognised for his precise left foot and excellent build-up play, his joining the club could spell the end for one of the centre-backs already in situ. It remains to be seen if Moritz Jenz will have the option-to-buy clause taken up on by Ange Postecoglou and Stephen Welsh would be the likely other candidate if the veracity of this story is genuine.

If so, that would mean that Celtic would have five Japanese players on the books, which would be quite remarkable. We are already trailblazing with our recruitment within the Asian market having scooped, Kyogo, Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, and Reo Hatate. With another young, fresh, and exciting talent linked, could Celtic be the club that provides a direct link into European football for players from the J-League?

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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