Celtic have confirmed the signing of Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi on a four-year deal from Vissel Kobe.
The 26-year-old will receive his favored number 8 jersey, which was previously worn by the club’s captain
before his departure from the club to joinAberdeen
The winger was part of theVissel Kobe
side that won the Emperor's Cup in 2019 and featured in the Asian Champions League.
Furuhashi told the club website that he is delighted with the signing and he knows the impression ofCeltic
's previous number eight on the club.
"I am absolutely delighted to be a Celtic player and I can't wait to join up with the manager and my teammates and start playing for our great supporters. This move to Scotland and to Celtic is huge for me and I am so excited,"
"The number eight is a number I have always loved and one I wanted to wear.
"I know it's a massive number for Celtic fans and was worn for so long by Scott Brown, who is one of the club's true heroes. I am well aware of what he gave to the club.
"He is a real legend of Celtic and knowing that Scott has worn this jersey for so long with such success will be extra motivation for me to do my very best to honor and pay tribute to him as best I can.
"It is also the number worn by my former team-mate, Andres Iniesta, someone I am very close to and who I am privileged to call a friend.
"To wear the number of these two great players means a lot and it is a phenomenal honor for me. I will work hard to do it justice.
"But it won't all be about numbers for me. This is about Celtic, about joining a brilliant football club, about hard work, getting to know my teammates, enjoying football, working closely with the manager and giving my supporters everything I have."