Kyogo Furuhashi: This is where the Ange Postecoglou Celtic FC rebuild begins...

Updated: Sep 14

Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi

After what felt like the longest managerial pursuit in Scottish footballing history, culminating in the eventual break down in talks with Eddie Howe, Celtic's new man in the dugout, Ange Postecoglou, has notched the first of many small wins needed to make a success of the 2021/22 campaign.

The signing of Japanese forward, Kyogo Furuhashi, 26, is the first foray into a market that big Ange knows well from his time managing Yokohama F. Marinos, in the J1 league of Furuhashi's homeland.

Despite relatively little knowledge of Postecoglou in Scotland, both as a coach and of his approach to the game, before his appointment last month, what has become immediately apparent to the Celtic faithful is the footballing philosophy he and his players will live and die by this season and beyond.

That's why this signing is the most significant of our transfer window to date. Big Ange is familiar with the mentality and ability of Furuhashi and without doubt, he has been brought in to add extra goals to the side with the departure of Mo Elyounoussi and the uncertain future of Leigh Griffiths. What Furuhashi represents however is the first player to completely fit the mould of how Celtic will aim to operate this season, handpicked by Postecoglou.

Favouring a high-tempo, high-press approach with inverted wingers who work the ball into areas where the probability of scoring is the highest, Furuhashi's playing style and statistics this season - 14 goals in 20 appearances in the J1 league - ticks all the boxes. Not to mention he will slot straight into the first-team squad with the fitness levels of a player already halfway through a season, as we prepare for FC Midtjylland on the 20th July.

I'm also sure that the signing of the current leading scorer in Japan's top flight will be a branding and marketing opportunity that will not be missed by new CEO Dominic McKay.

Let's just hope for our sake that Furuhashi is more Nakamura than Mizuno...