Celtic have signed defender Yuki Kobayashi on a five-year deal from J-League club Vissel Kobe.
The 22-year-old, who has played for Japan’s U20 side, will join up with his new team-mates on December 1, before being eligible for selection in January 2023.
Kobayashi is the fifth player to join Ange Postecoglou’s side from the J-League, with countrymen Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi already at Parkhead.
“I am so excited to be joining Celtic and I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity,” he told Celtic’s website.
“I will be giving everything to try and be successful with the club.
“Right across the world, everyone knows what a special club Celtic is and it will be a real honour to wear this fantastic jersey.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Japanese defender Yuki Kobayashi on a 5-year deal, subject to international clearance.
Yuki will officially join the Club on January 1, 2023! 🎌
Welcome to #CelticFC, Yuki! 🍀🇯🇵
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 23, 2022