Yuki Kobayashi is in the firing line at the moment

There are now rumours that it’s already time up for Yuki Kobayashi at Celtic, but would a loan deal to another Scottish side not be more beneficial than sending him back to play his football in the J-League?

Yuki Kobayashi is certainly in the firing line at the moment. The Japanese defender was a January signing by Ange Postecoglou and so far hasn’t even played ten games for the club, but already he’s been judged as a flop. Is that fair?

Yuki Kobayashi during the Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between Celtic and Morton at Celtic Park on January 21, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yuki looked calm and composed on his first two appearances for the club and being naturally left footed he gave us perfect balance at centre back. Unfortunately for Yuki he had a couple of poor games in the run in after the title was clinched, particularly ain the dead rubber at Ibrox and also at Easter Road.

It’s only natural his strength and ability was called into question but to be judged a write off so soon? That’s extreme, even by our demanding supporters’ standards.

The most sensible idea in my eyes would be a loan to another top flight Scottish side, perhaps Aberdeen. He could continue to get experience of our country and playing in our league and it would benefit him greatly and allow Brendan Rodgers to discover if any doubts about Kobayashi’s suitability to play his football in the more physically demanding Scottish Premiership are unfounded.

Yuki Kobayashi of Celtic FC

Essentially Yuki should be given the chance to prove everyone wrong and he’s not going to do that at Celtic if he isn’t going to get much game-time.

Something similar to Kristoffer Ajer when he had a loan spell at Kilmarnock, a move that benefited him greatly. Would the same sort of move benefit Yuki? It’s maybe something worth considering. Aberdeen had Liam Scales on loan from Celtic last season and that has allowed the Irish defender to get himself sorted as a competent defender playing in the Scottish Premiership. And remember that goal he scored against theRangers?

Photo by Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock. Celtic’s on loan defender Liam Scales scores for Aberdeen and celebrates with team mates after his long range looping effort beat theRangers veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor to give Aberdeen a 1-0 lead. Aberdeen v theRangers, Cinch Scottish Premiership, Pittodrie. Aberdeen won the match 2-0.

With Yuki Kobayashi on a five year deal, Celtic have the time to look for a solution, as it’s unlikely that there will be clubs queuing up to buy the player at the moment. If Yuki Kobayashi is simply sent back to Japan on loan that will not really tell Celtic anything, so any move to the J-League ideally should be a transfer rather than a loan.

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  1. JaOB

    Thanks for the article.
    Ajer maybe, Scales… one cross/ shot doesn’t make a player.
    Scottish top flight… Aberdeen?
    A low bar… Christie !
    A loan in France, Spain, Italy or other European leagues to
    improve his reading of the game
    game management
    decision making
    None of this includes heavy hits or fouling.
    At Dons, he’d come back, maybe Euro tie, foul and not defend it.
    Possibly he just isn’t that type of player.
    Hope he improves

  2. Kobayashi needs good coaching at celtic to get him up to scottish footballs harshness.
    I would have thought Kennedy would have been ideal for that coaching, he can still learn from Carter vickers.
    As last resort a loan to hibs, hearts, aberdeen would aid his development, he should also be allowed to play against celtic if on loan