By Frank McAvennie

11th Oct, 2021 | 7:52am

Furuhashi 'is in love with Celtic' as he responds to Southampton interest on TV - pundit

Frank McAvennie has hailed Kyogo Furuhashi as a breath of fresh air on and off the pitch at Celtic amid a report on his future.

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists the striker is setting the standard at Parkhead.

On 4 October calciomercato, reported Southampton’s interest in signing Furuhashi after his eclectic start to life at Celtic.

When asked about his future during a TV interview while on international duty, relayed by journalist Dan Orlowitz, Furuhashi said, “Good results could open that path for me [to move to the Premier League]”.

He then went on to say his main goal is to “survive” at Celtic and contribute to both his club and national sides.

McAvennie claims Furuhashi is “in love” with Celtic and told the club to do everything possible to keep him.

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“He really is a breath of fresh air,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“The boy can’t put a foot wrong. You see things like him picking up litter off the pitch when he’s coming off.

“When he was injured he was sat in with the fans as well. That’s so good to see.

“It’s like he’s in love with the club already and you can’t buy that. He is so enthusiastic, it’s no wonder people have taken to him.

“It also helps that he’s bagging the goals in that always helps. I think he can do great things at Celtic.

“That’s why we need to do everything to keep him but I’ve said so many times before, you can’t compete with Premier League interest.

“The only thing is maybe playing in the Champions League but I don’t see Celtic making the groups for a few years yet.”

In other news, Celtic have been told to back Rangers’ stance on a divisive issue after an update from the BBC on game-changing talks.