Furuhashi first-hand experience


Whereas yesterday’s signing, 19-year-old Liel Abada, will mostly be known to Ange Postecoglou and scouts through the medium of video, the manager knows today’s capture, Japanese forward, Kyogo Furuhashi from first-hand experience.

There will be challenges for Kyogo to settle so far from home.  The sheer professionalism of our first Japanese player, Shunsuke Nakamura, ensured his star would always shine, but Shunsuke relied on interpreters for pretty much everything until Celtic signed compatriot, Koki Mizuno three years later.  Ange will not need you or me to tell him it is better to bring players from so far away into the Celtic Ark in pairs.

When Ange joined, we hoped he would return to the Japanese market for talent the European market found too difficult to uncover.  There will be value there the likes of that guy from Bournemouth would never be aware of, let’s make the most of it, bring Kyogo some company.

We are four days away from a Champions League qualifier in a 60,000-seater stadium while the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council ponder the criteria the former want for the latter to approve more than 2,000 fans to attend.  There is no actual reason to delay or refuse, they just don’t want to approve Celtic’s request without handing a simultaneous prize across the city.  This is Scotland in 2021.


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  1. Good news this morning that we have signed the Japanese bhoy , likewise Our other recent signings , but nothing new for our important tie on Tuesday night , we still don’t have a right back or left back for that matter , if big ajeti goes before Tuesday our central defence is a worry . We all knew we have needed central defenders in along with full backs for a long time , while I applaud our new boys , we should have had a permanent defence sorted long ago , we had no confidence in our Defence hence we brought in loans , they have gone so now we’re left with the boys we had no confidence in , no impossible task on Tuesday but we should have been better prepared .HH

  2. bournesouprecipe on 16th July 2021 5:57 pm



    Welcome to Celtic Bosun Lawal


    Smart cross border signing where Chelsea and Norwich were beaten to the Watford player’s signature.


    @Celtic FC





    This guy is special.



    Across Wednesday and Thursday more people died of Covid-19 in the UK than perished in the horrendous floods in Germany.







    The Goebbels Broadcasting Corporation is laying it on thick with the latter …







    … but barely mentioning the former.






    The death count from the floods in Germany is currently 120. Over 1,000 are still missing.






    UK Covid deaths are currently running at 49 per day. That’s people who died with Covid, not of Covid.







    Not sure where you’re getting your information from, but I doubt it’s more reliable than the BBC.

  4. BBC Scotland reporting about the given attendances at Aberdeen and Celtic next week. Apart from mentioning that we have been allowed 9,000, they spent the rest of the item talking about Aberdeen. No mention of course of the disparity in the percentages of supporters allowed to attend. I wonder if the deid team had been in a similar position to us what their reaction would be……



    Cosgrove wrote a couple of weeks ago about a tipping point having been reached. I doubt that very much.

  5. I toyed today with nipping out of work to go to ship bank and buy a round of drinks,



    twelve attendees, i dodged an overdraft there.



    tam fae still game csc.

  6. Incoming.



    so sinki is indeed karamoko’s big bro. is this a ploy to keep the wee fella content or iz sinki the real deal ?



    aint it funny how you never ever heard a name before and now you know hunners of them,, dembeles ah mean






    Dembélé was born in Ivory Coast; he relocated with his family to London in search of better footballing opportunities, before finding themselves north of the border in Govan, Scotland in 2004.[3][4] He attended Lourdes Secondary School in Glasgow, and started his career with Dundee United where he spent three years in their youth system.[3

  7. IniquitousIV on

    Watching Midtjylland with no commentary. Their names are red on a black background, so they are hard to make out. Evander and Nwadike in midfield look useful, as do Brumado ( center forward ) and Dreyer on the right wing. They are still down 0-1 to Odense at halftime.



    They are playing 4-3-3, and are a workmanlike team that do not look very impressive. They play the ball out from the back, unless pressed high, then they pass back to the keeper, who boots it. Very few chances created at either end, with the long haired coach obviously frustrated at Odenses’s early time wasting.



    Sviatchenko has not changed much. He is not quick, relying on anticipation, but they aim for him with free kicks and corners. He got to one, but headed it over the bar. He has got away so far with some blatant off the ball pushing when beaten for pace. It is difficult to make comparisons, but an observer can see why Sevco took seven off them in 2 games. Bottom line? They are not very good. It would be a tragedy to allow such a poor, and allegedly ill prepared team, to beat us in the very first round. Oh! Wait!

  8. IniquitousIV on

    Midtjylland put 2 subs on after 57 minutes, and the game immediately changes. Sito? ( Not sure of the name ) scores a very good equalizer. 1-1.

  9. IniquitousIV on

    Midtjylland now pressing very hard, attacking with up to 8 players. It seems inevitable they will score again. Previous scorer was Sisto. Very emotional coach prowls his area non stop, appealing loudly for everything, and always in the ear of the 4th official. Because the ground is only about a quarter full, he can be heard clearly.

  10. IniquitousIV on

    With 15 minutes to go, Midtjylland have switched to 3-4-3, completely dominating, but leaving themselves open to a swift counter attack.

  11. Tom McLaughlin on

    JHB –



    Eddy will play on Tuesday.






    It was worse than that. Artmedia spanked us 5-0.




    Yip, and if it had been 5-1 our oft forgotten 4-0 at home would have sufficed.



    Celtic 4-0 Artmedia Bratislava


    (Artmedia win 5-4 on aggregate)



    Brave Celtic fell just short of creating European football history as they exited the Champions League despite a four-goal win over Artmedia.



    They had to become the first side to ever progress after a 5-0 first-leg defeat but went out on aggregate.



    Maciej Zurawski won a penalty and Alan Thompson fired in the opener.



    John Hartson drove in the second, a Stephen McManus header deflected in for the third and substitute Craig Beattie nodded in the fourth.



    Celtic boss Gordon Strachan, minus the injured Stan Varga and Chris Sutton, had made several changes as he attempted to make up for the humiliating 5-0 defeat in Bratislava.



    Wallace, making his first start of the season, was set up by Hartson for an early chance, but the winger fired a couple of feet over the bar from 16 yards.



    Zurawski sent a low drive across the face of the Artmedia goal and the Pole was then brought down inside the box by Ondrej Debnar after a knock down by Hartson.



    Thompson stepped up to convert the spot kick to give Celtic 70 minutes to score another four goals.



    Artmedia, despite bringing in defender Burak for Kotula, did not appear ultra-defensive in an attempt to protect their lead.



    And Artur Boruc, making his competitive Celtic debut in place of David Marshall, saved well at the feet of Balazs Borbely, while Juraj Halenar drove across the face of goal, as the home defence remained vulnerable to the break early on.



    Juraj Cobej did well in the other goal to push away a rasping free-kick from Thompson.



    Hartson increased Celtic’s lead on the stroke of half-time as he pounced on a Wallace header, turned his marker on the edge of the box and fired the ball into the far corner.



    Substitute Shaun Maloney, on a matter of seconds, set up the third after 54 minutes, driving the ball into the six-yard box, where McManus’ header deflected past Cobej.



    Hartson and Maloney both fired over, while Cobej saved well from the Celtic substitute and fellow replacement Craig Beattie.



    A Stilian Petrov overhead kick slipped just wide as the Slovakian champions lived dangerously in a second half during which they rarely threatened at the other end.



    Substitute striker Beattie headed home the fourth goal, but Celtic were left to ponder what might have been had they not conceded so many in Bratislava.

  13. IniquitousIV on

    I hope Ange is watching this. Odense weather the storm, create 4 excellent scoring chances in the last 5 minutes, then score from a corner with 4 minutes extra time to go.

  14. IniquitousIV on

    I hope Ange is watching this. Odense weather the storm, create 4 excellent scoring chances in the last 5 minutes, then score from a corner with 4 minutes extra time to go.

  15. IniquitousIV on



    Agree with that, por cierto. They were very suspect to quick breaks, and could have lost 4 goals in last 10 minutes.

  16. On the Megabus back to Dundee, now approaching Perth. A great afternoon in fine company with a good bunch of Bhoys. And, there was a bit of sun anaw in Weegieland! Thanks to one and all, especially Big Jimmy for organising.



  17. Growth agenda / Part 1 — More focus on the Women’s team / B Team / Youths.



    Would this not be a good opportunity to put the games on CTV so that the teams and the players get some exposure plus bulk up the schedule with actual football?



    Game tomorrow at Bonnyrigg — I am sure there would be an audience for this game before the friendly against PNE.



    Not sure the club has gotten the balance right regarding season ticket holders who can’t get in the ground vs selling individual games to a wider audience.



    If you are a non season ticket holder wanting to see any of our pre-season games it is a case of spending money down south or Premier Sports.



    CTV is twee in the extreme — OHBC for the 2020’s — so a reboot surely is on the cards.


    The graphics for Bonnyrigg Rose TV are at least 25 years ahead of CTV.



    Surely we can do better — too much of the club is still stuck in the Wee FMcC timewarp of the mid 90s.


    The world has moved on.

  18. GENE



    ” McGeady then missed an incredible open goal in the 67th minute when Maloney fired the ball low across the face of goal but his team-mate put the ball over from under the bar to pile more embarrassment on the visitors. ”



    Indeed CSC

  19. prestonpans bhoys on

    Good grief what century are Celtic ticket office in, QR anyone,,?



    Celtic fans lucky enough in the ballot to attend the forthcoming matches against Preston North End or Midtjylland will need to get their hands on a printer to gain entry

  20. Tom McLaughlin on

    BSR –



    I took my Aussie lady to that game, her first Celtic game. In fact her first football game.



    We were right behind the goals Celtic attacked in the 2nd half. She was gobsmacked at the tension, excitement and hysteria as each goal ate away at Artmedia’s lead.



    She assumed it must be like that every game. I decided not to disabuse her of that idyll.



    Aiden did indeed shoot over the bar from a yard out in the first leg. Fine margins.

  21. glendalystonsils on

    POR CIERTO on 16TH JULY 2021 7:51 PM


    1-2 Odense, scored from a corner. Not good at set pieces Midtylland. por cierto



    I bet their ‘not good’ is not as not good as our ‘not good’ .

  22. PB


    If you email me the ticket I’ll print it off , take a picture of the printout and email you it back.



    This technology stuff is simple

  23. prestonpans bhoys on




    Thanks for the offer but in the lake district for two weeks so not going if offered mate.



    Anyway they would still need a paper stub for the turnstiles

  24. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The injury time in the Artmedia game at CP was laughable, I think Beattie missed a great chance late on …