Earlier today Celtic announced the club’s first new signing of the January 2023 transfer window, as centre-back Yuki Kobayashi on a five-year deal from Vissel Kobe.

The player will officially join the Hoops on the 1st of January, but there is an interesting detail about the transfer that has been revealed on the Celtic website, which is that the player will arrive in Glasgow on the 1st of December to join up with his Celtic teammates, which will include fellow countrymen Kyogo, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi – Daizen Maeda will be away at the World Cup when the player arrives at Celtic Park.

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The first game that the 22-year-old will be eligible to play in is the Glasgow derby against Rangers on the 2nd of January.


Firstly, it is good news that the Hoops have already got a new signing on the books, which shows that Ange Postecoglou is planning for the future, and at 22-years-old, Kobayashi seems to be a player that the Bhoys have high hopes for, especially as the player has been given a five-year contract.

The one excellent part of the transfer though, is that the player will be with his new teammates for a month, before he can technically play for the club. That is a good move for both the player and the club, as it will allow the former Vissel Kobe man to get familiar with his new surroundings and his new teammates before he can play a game for the Bhoys.

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The last thing you want is a player to be rushed into a debut, especially when it is a central defender who needs to form a new partnership with a player. That is why it can only be a good thing that Kobayashi will be able to train at Celtic for a month before he has a chance to play for the first-team.

The chances of the player making his debut against Rangers would have to be slim to none, and you might not see the best of the centre-back until next season. But there will be time for the player to get used to playing for the Hoops, and he could well be a good signing for the Bhoys, only time will tell, but on paper at least the signing of Kobayashi looks to be a good one for the Hoops on paper.