Celtic have completed the deal to sign Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe on a four-year deal. An agreement for his transfer was reached earlier this month. He will wear the No 8 jersey vacated by Scott Brown after the long-serving player joined Aberdeen. Furuhashi will arrive in Scotland the weekend when Celtic kickoff their campaign against Hearts. Celtic lost the league to their rivals Rangers after nine years.

“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,” Kyogo Furuhashi said after completing his move to Celtic. “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,” he added. “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.”

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