Celtic fans have been reacting to comments made by Noel Whelan about Kyogo Furuhashi following an interview by the Japanese international.
Speaking in a recent interview for a Japanese outlet whilst on international duty (via Dan Orlowitz), Kyogo talked about his ambitions for his career both at Celtic and with the Japanese national team and what that might lead to in the future, saying:
“Many players go from Scotland to the EPL; it’s motivating to see [Takehiro Tomiyasu] do well. Good results could open that path for me… but I have to get results to survive at [Celtic] & JNT… I want to do the best I can and contribute to [both] teams.”
Whelan touched on his comments in a recent interview for Football Insider, in which he slammed Kyogo, accusing him of taking his eye off the ball when it came to his Celtic career.
He 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.
“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.”
These comments were relayed to fans by the Celtic Insider Facebook page for them to react to, where it generated a number of responses:
Have you been impressed by Kyogo so far?
Kyogo certainly is right with his comments about the Scottish league being a launching pad for some players, especially when you look at the number of players that have moved on from Scottish clubs, but as long as he can do his best whilst there and leave something of a legacy at Parkhead – perhaps with a couple of trophies – then he will at least have given Celtic and the fans their money’s worth.