The Celtic Way reporter Anthony Haggerty has backed Kyogo Furuhashi to build on the promising start to his Celtic career and follow in the footsteps of club legend Shunsuke Nakamura.
The Japan international headed to Glasgow having been this season’s top goalscorer in his homeland’s top flight.
Furuhashi has taken that goalscoring form to his new club and scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of Dundee at the weekend.
The attacker has now found the back of the net four times in his first three outings, much to the delight of Celtic fans and Postecoglou after a tough start to his reign.
Furuhashi has drawn comparisons to Nakamura, who is still playing in his homeland of Japan at the age of 43.
Nakamura scored 31 goals and recorded 36 assists in 145 appearances for Celtic. Haggerty believes Furuhashi is capable of enjoying as much success at Parkhead as his fellow countryman.
He told Football FanCast: “Nakamura came as a relative unknown and left as a God. People seem to forget that he was a gifted, luxury player.
“Kyogo Furuhashi is a more mobile version of Nakamura. He’s the kind of player that Celtic supporters like to see. He will excite them and get them off their seats.
“He’s 26, so he is coming into his prime and has signed a four-year deal. That’s a commitment from Celtic to him. Everyone wants to see how well he can do.”