Former Hoops man Frank McAvennie has poured praise on new Celtic signing Kyogo Furuhashi following his arrival in the country.
The winger – who has been more recently deployed as a centre-forward in Japanese football – was recently spotted at an airport en route to Paradise.
The new Bhoys attacker has had to undergo a period of isolation in London before moving north of the border in order to link up with Ange Postecoglou’s side.
The versatile attacker’s £4.5 million move from Vissel Kobe in Japan comes with anticipation following high praise from former teammate Andres Iniesta, with the ex-Barcelona hero hailing Furuhashi for his ‘football brain’ and intelligent ‘wonderful understanding’ on the pitch.
Furuhashi boasts a prolific record in the J-League in Japan, with 95 appearances producing a formidable yield of 42 goals and a further 17 assists.
Announced on a four-year deal ten days ago, McAvennie echoed Iniesta in expressing his excitement at the prospect of seeing the Japan international in action:
“The quicker we get him the better,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“If he’s half as good as he’s hyped up to be I’ll be delighted. They [Kobe fans] seem to love him.
“It’s another jersey seller for Celtic, he’s huge in Japan.
“The last one was Nakamura but obviously that’s not the most important thing.
“It will help but we need performances more than anything else. He’s a confident lad and he could be a breath of fresh air.
“We need a bit of that, he looks a classy footballer. There’s no doubting his ability.
“I can’t wait to see him. We need him now, especially after those recent results.”
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It is unclear as to whether Ange Postecoglou views Furuhashi as a winger or a deep-lying striker.
Regardless, his incisive ability to read build-up play and to find the back of the net in equal measure renders him as a potentially potent force to be reckoned with.
With a vital Champions League tie fast-approaching, the Bhoys will be buoyed by the successful arrival of any new first-team personnel with Furuhashi standing as no exception.