Celtic centre-forward Kyogo Furuhashi’s recent comments regarding a potential exit from Parkhead are disrespectful to Ange Postecoglou and his Bhoys side.
That’s according to Noel Whelan, with the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker stating in an interview with Football Insider that the Japan international – who recently suggested that good performances in Glasgow could one day lead to a big-money move to the English Premier League – should solely focus on the massive task of reinstating Celtic as Scotland’s number one club, before dreaming of a move away from the Hoops.
In the interview, Whelan said: “Right now, he has to concentrate on the club who signed him. Rather than talking about speculation about the Premier League, first and foremost he has to do his job with Celtic.
“If he does that job right, then speculation will come his way and there will be offers. The last thing that Celtic will want to hear right now is him talking about the Premier League when he’s got a massive job ahead of him at the club.
“He’s been there what – two minutes? It shows a little bit of a lack of respect if you ask me. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to play in the Premier League, but you’ve only just signed for Celtic – and there’s a massive job ahead to bring silverware back to Parkhead.”
It’s true that Celtic have become something of a stepping stone for players wishing to ply their trade in the Premier League – with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney, Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard all securing moves to England’s top flight in recent seasons. Consequently, this is more than likely now used as a transfer tactic by the Celtic board, who are able to prove to exciting targets, such as Furuhashi, that good returns in Scotland can indeed lead to a big move down south.
However, while the club will undoubtedly be aware of Kyogo’s long-term career goals, Whelan is correct in claiming that the timing of the 26-year-old’s comments are not exactly going to go down well with the Parkhead faithful, who could well be livid at the idea of their summer signing already appearing eager to secure a move away from the club.
As a result, he was hailed as “special” by Celtic icon John Hartson.
As such, should the centre-forward receive an offer from a Premier League side in January or next summer, with Southampton having recently been reported to be interested in the Japan striker, considering the 26-year-old’s recent comments, it would not be surprising to see him pushing for a move. His potential loss would undoubtedly represent a huge blow for Postecoglou and his side.