Celtic fans may get a chance to look at our future prospects this international break, with Kyogo Furuhashi and reported January target Daizen Maeda possibly lining up alongside one another for Japan.

Maeda has recently been linked with a move to the Hoops to join up with his former manager Ange Postecoglou. After scoring his second hat-trick of the season last weekend, he also received a recall to the Japanese national team.

This means that the 24-year old frontman will be in the squad with on-form Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi, who could also be becoming his new teammate in January.

Speaking ahead of this month’s World Cup qualifiers with his nation, Maeda admitted he was looking forward to the possibility of playing alongside Kyogo in these games.

“It’s been a long time coming for me to get back into the international squad. I’ve had to work very hard to get here,” Maeda said about his recall, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I played in the Olympics in the summer but didn’t score, so I am very determined to do well for the full squad.

“Of course, it will be a very tough fight for me to try and get into the team. Kyogo Furuhashi is doing extremely well and scoring goals in Scotland; it would be nice to play with him.

“But the most important thing for us is to get six points from these two very difficult away games.”

Since joining the club, Kyogo Furuhashi has been a revelation under Ange Postecoglou and is a fans favourite amongst the Celtic support.

This signing has clearly shown, not only the support but also the Celtic board, that the Japanese league is a market that Ange can use to his advantage, given his knowledge from his spell over there.

With the success Maeda had under Ange for his old side, Yokohama F Marino’s, it would come as no surprise to see him be one of the 56-year olds first additions in the winter window.

Maybe, Kyogo will have been given the objective this international break to try and convince his fellow Japanese international to make a move to Glasgow.


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