November 26, 2022


Yuki Kobayashi has agreed a five-year deal at Celtic; Japanese central defender will join up with the squad on December 1 before being available for selection in January; Celtic are nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership
Wednesday 23 November 2022 13:05, UK
Celtic have signed defender Yuki Kobayashi on a five-year deal from J-League club Vissel Kobe.
The 22-year-old, who has played for Japan’s U20 side, will join up with his new team-mates on December 1, before being eligible for selection in January 2023.
Kobayashi is the fifth player to join Ange Postecoglou’s side from the J-League, with countrymen Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi already at Parkhead.
“I am so excited to be joining Celtic and I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity,” he told Celtic’s website.
“I will be giving everything to try and be successful with the club.
“Right across the world, everyone knows what a special club Celtic is and it will be a real honour to wear this fantastic jersey.
“The work of Ange Postecoglou is also really well-known in Japan after he had such a great time in the J League, and as well as being part of Celtic I can’t wait to work with him as a coach and the great team of players he has already developed.
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“I know that Celtic over so many years has such a brilliant track record of success and I now want to play my part in bringing more great moments to the club and our fans.
“I would like to thank Vissel Kobe sincerely for all the support that has been given to me in the early part of my career and now I look forward to embracing this exciting new challenge with Celtic, one of the world’s great football clubs.”
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