Pat Nevin firmly believes that Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi could well emulate the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney and be the next Hoops star to thrive in the Premier League.
The Japanese international has been in outstanding form since arriving at the club in the summer, with his crucial brace in the Scottish League Cup final taking his total to 16 goals in 25 appearances this season.
Nevin, who came through Celtic’s youth academy before playing for Chelsea and Everton in England’s top flight, claims that Furuhashi has the potential to replicate the success of other former Scottish Premiership players:
“Furuhashi is a player. I used to go on quite a lot about John McGinn and Kieran Tierney. I’ve always felt they were as good as there is in the business. Van Dijk was an absolute classic which everyone in Scotland knew about long before everyone else. Furuhashi, if I’m looking at Scotland right now, by a distance is the one teams should be looking at.”
While Furuhashi does deserve high praise, Hoops supporters won’t appreciate Nevin’s attempts to farm out the striker, just six months after his arrival in Scotland.
The 26-year-old undoubtedly has the talent to play at the very highest level but it will be hoped that he’ll remain at Celtic Park for many more years to come.