Celtic are expected to sign Vissel Kobe centre-half Yuki Kobayashi as soon as the transfer window reopens in the New Year, according to reports in Japan.
It is believed that an agreement has been reached between the Hoops and Kobe, with personal terms unlikely to be an issue.
Although the vast majority of fans on Twitter admit that they have never seen Kobayashi play, they are hopeful that he will be a success in Scotland:
Starting our transfer business early. Get in
— 𝗗𝗬𝗟𝗔𝗡 🎃 (@DeadByDylan) October 30, 2022
class now where's the comp never seen him play
— laura (@sapphicxswift) October 30, 2022
Japanese players are always welcome and he’s a left footed cb what a win
— Kieran J (@Kieran88x) October 30, 2022
Japanese? Sign him up
— 🍀 (@mpWBA) October 30, 2022
Hes built for angeball man
— 🍀🇮🇪 (@SexybeastGiako) October 30, 2022
Imagine that'd be Stephen welsh's time up, if true.
— Paolo 2.0 (@Paolo_Hoops) October 30, 2022
his contract expires in january aswell, grear business
— Kian Grierson (@kian_grierson) October 30, 2022
Celtic have had a mixed track record when bringing in imports from the J League since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as manager.
Kyogo Furuhashi has been outstanding, but Daizen Maeda has struggled for form this season, after starting his Hoops career in fine style, while Yosuke Ideguchi has not made an impact whatsoever.
Kobayashi is a young player so he may not be a starter straight away but he will give Celtic greater depth at centre-back.