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. Melbourne Mick on 17th July 2021 12:40 am



    ” Neil Lennon was never a Celt at heart ”


    Did I actually read that on here ?


    Whats happening to this dear green place ?


    H.H. Mick





    Sorry, Mick – I was being sarcastic. It backfired.




  2. fourstonecoppi on

    MADMITCH on 17TH JULY 2021 10:02 AM


    FSC @ 6.34



    Fair enough.


    As for AP (like all, i hope) i’m right behind him and quite excited about whats to come but remain cautious as the proof will be in the pudding as they say.



  3. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Cracking goal – he is having a formal cheerio ceremony in Japan tomorrow – live streamed on YouTube.






  4. Wish he could sneak Iniesta into his luggage. There is a man who would be worth every penny of a one season deal.

  5. Sláinte Ange on

    THELURKINTIM on 17TH JULY 2021 5:11 AM



    Thanks for the traditional CQN welcome but am not a newbie. In fact I have been reading CQN almost since its inception. Did not post very often but aiming to do so in the future.


    I simply changed my moniker from Neil Lennon & McCartney.


    And I am too handsome to be a hun!



  6. Hearing Starfelt deal is done.Will it be Starfelt and Welsh until October then Starfelt and Julien? The big man’s injury is taking forever to heal. Remember he went to Dubai with crutches in January . . . is he actually back training yet?


    If we could add two quality fullbacks and a better keeper I’d fancy our chances of still being in a title race come next spring.

  7. It was never going to be easy / simple was it …



    He is probably going to have a ticker tape parade send off.


    Visit every supporters club.


    Take the dog for a walk.



    Then train it straight to Denmark in a sealed carriage / Lenin style for the second leg.


    After that farewell he really needs to make an entrance.


    Jet packs at the ready.



    Plus we have a CB who is now in hiding.


    A choice of right backs depending on how many green shield stamps / ginger bottles they want for a deposit.


    Half the SPL waiting for the call.



    ON with a well leathered erse.


    TR now onto a light jog after two weeks of stretching.


    OE feeling sheepish after phoning it in last season.


    RC … — Naw you can go anytime.



    What could possibly go right?

  8. DB @ 12.18



    There are pictures of CJ on the treadmill back in May.


    Not quite sure where he is now but hopefully he comes back a more settled individual.


    He is not a man for poker — wears his heart on his sleeve.


    There is a player in there somewhere.



    Would want him to have to fight for his place come October.


    Keep him on his toes.



    Love Street 86 — RA / DW / PMcS in the team.


    All became regulars at the age of 17.


    Something to look into.



    Then you had KD — the late developer — who had a season with CU at the age of 17.


    The Glee Club / High School Musical wannabees at St Ninians need a history lesson.

  9. glendalystonsils on

    MADMITCH on 17TH JULY 2021 12:27 PM



    Perhaps Ange will change the culture of recent seasons , where the kids were not given a chance . We have been losing far too many promising youngsters .

  10. Oh noooooo.



    Burnley 78 is feeling confident about this season 😲😢😢🙈



    The last time he was feeling this confident was 10 DAYS, before Sevco won the league the earliest the league has ever been won in the history of the league.



    Off oot for more sun😎

  11. GDT @ 12.31



    Conversation with Jr about the youth team we had in the 16/17 Challenge Cup.


    Won two games then came up against Livi in their promotion season.



    KA — then newly in the door — is the only one of the starting 11 who made it.


    Lots of talent on show at 18 but then it all seemed to stop.



    From memory most got released two years ago and could only get games in the Scottish Championship.


    Something missing in our set up.



    Too much too soon?


    Now trying to find the team sheets for those three games.

  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on




    Thanks for posting the 2014 chat.



    How do you do that?



    Actually scrolled thru 30 of the 80 odd pages …. impromptu trip down memory lane.



    Topics of that day included



    – failure in Europe


    – the CEO


    – Griffiths


    – Has X signed yet?




  13. garygillespieshamstring on

    I’d give him the armband so he can be Captain Starfelt and smash the mysterons.




    Links to older posts are on left hand side of page.




  15. Looking forward to seeing the Bhoys today and I dont mean Shipbank team from yesterday.



    D :)

  16. Melbourne Mick on




    Phew! thought you were serious with that comment, certainly surprised


    me and CELTIC MAC, but that’s the trouble with blogs, posts, or whatever,


    if you’re standing talking to someone in a bar and you heard that, you


    would look for the glint in the eye or the slight smile on the lips, and just




    Thank you for redeeming my faith in the Celtic support.


    As for the constant negs, well time will tell.


    H.H. Mick

  17. Hope the likes of Calmac, Turnbull and Ajeti get no more than 45 mins today. God help us if anyone else gets injured. I’d play Ntcham for the full game to see if he can show something approaching his true form. JF should also play a part. He is fit and raring to go but needs match time. Liel Abada also needs a chance to play. He says he is ready to go straight in . . .



    Barkas? How long is he out for? I assume it will be Bain on Tuesday.

  18. SQUIRE DANAHER on 17TH JULY 2021 2:43 AM


    JHB on 17TH JULY 2021 12:55



    I’d rather hear your tunes than your politics ha ha




    We are Tims & agree on music – “Two out of three ain’t bad”.

  19. Melbourne Mick on




    ” It comes across as bitterness and quite sad really ”


    I suppose it sounds that way, but Neil was always honest


    and answered loaded questions put to him.


    It’s not as if the MSM would try to twist it to suit their agenda


    and some disgruntled Tims jump on the bandwagon is it?


    Meanwhile KYOGO looks a brammer.


    H.H. Mick

  20. SQUIRE DANAHER on 17TH JULY 2021 2:43 AM




    Just to add – I remember when very young wrestling with my mum over the Dansette record-player – she would always be playing Bridie Gallagher ‘The Boys From The County Armagh’ & other Irish stuff, and I would be rejecting them and sticking on “The Celtic Song’ by Glen Daly full blast….that Piccadilly record label is imprinted on my brain to this day.

  21. glendalystonsils on

    Midtjylland coach reckons his side are underdogs for Tuesday . I’m sure Ange will take little notice, mind games are no doubt common in Oz and Japan too .

  22. scullybhoy



    Must admit that, like Melbourne Mick, I did take your comment re Neil literally, even though it did not chime with your posting on this site.


    Tant Mieux

  23. ciarans dad 2 on

    I see Arsenal are signing Ben White from Brighton for 50m. Ajer only 15m.



    I don’t know White but this feels reminiscent of Tierney 25m vs Wan Bissaka at 50m and we all know who the better player is.

  24. Melbourne Mick on




    Interesting that about Bridie Gallagher, now as far as I know the FORFAR


    BRIDIE was created by the aforementioned Bridie at Forfar market and


    became so popular that it was known as a Bridie.


    Sounds tasty to me.


    H.H. Mick

  25. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Philbhoy – thank you.



    Just watched Kyogo’s goal.



    He initially receives the ball wide …



    Just inside the last third ….



    With eight opposition players deeper than him.



    Sounds familiar?



    Quick turn


    Run forward






    Receive on the run





    Not familiar !




    Looking forward to seeing him up to full speed in a Celtic jersey.

  26. As a kid, my old man had an album called “Neil Diamond 12 Greates Hits”. I loved it. Loved the storytelling, the singalong choruses, the drama. Listening to it now.



    Cannot believe that the huns and English fans have forever tainted Sweet Caroline., one of my all time favourites.

  27. GLENDALYSTONSILS – if only they had picked one of his less interesting songs like ·”Forever in Blue Jeans” or “Song Song Blue”.