Celtic’s latest signing Yuki Kobayashi spoke to the Celtic fan media after arriving in Glasgow to play for the Scottish Champions. Yuki Kobayashi was immediately thrown into an intense round of media duties including a photoshoot and various interviews plus the customary Welcome to Celtic interview with Celtic TV.
22-year old Kobayashi is a left sided central defender who made 78 appearances for his boyhood club Kobe, after progressing through the youth ranks. He also spent time on loan at fellow J-League side Yokohama FC and second tier team Machida Zelvia, making 45 appearances in total.
🇯🇵New Japanese Bhoy🍀
What name will he be called by Celtic supporters?🍀
— 🍀✨🇯🇵💫JapaneseBhoyStudios (@CelticStudio_JP) December 2, 2022
Although he has won five caps for Japan’s U20’s side, Koboyashi will hope to establish himself at Celtic to try and break into his nation’s senior team.
Ange Postecoglou spoke about his new signing today at his own media conference and it looks like Yuki will be given time to settle into life in Scotland and also to used to his new surrounding at Lennoxtown before he’ll be exposed to too much first team football.
However with Cameron Carter-Vickers still at the World Cup, it might only take an injury problem with one of the other central defenders at the club to bring forward that timetable.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 2, 2022
Reo Hatate who signed for Celtic in last January’s transfer window after completing a full season in the J-League advised Yuki Kobayashi on the need to get as much rest as possible ahead of coming to Celtic and that his exactly what he has done.
It was one question each from each fan media outlet and The Celtic Star asked Yuki Kobayashi, who was wearing the Hoops, what it felt like to finally get a chance to wear one of the most iconic shirts in World football and also if he was looking forward to playing Ange Postecoglou’s style of football…
Here’s Yuki speaking to The Celtic Fan Media today…