By Frank McAvennie

7th Aug, 2021 | 11:00am

McAvennie delighted by what he's seen from Celtic new boy Furuhashi

Frank McAvennie has no problem with Ange Postecoglou handing Kyogo Furuhashi his Celtic debut just hours after arriving at the club.

The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared the striker’s experience to his own.

On 16th July, Celtic announced the capture of Furuhashi, 26, on a four-year deal.

The Japan international made his way up north after quarantining in London for two weeks.

He made his debut in the second half on Saturday’s loss to Hearts despite only linking up with the squad that morning.

McAvennie was delighted to see Furuhashi made his debut even though it hinted at “awful preparation” from the club.

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“It gave him a little bit of a taste,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He had been over here a while but stuck in London for quarantine.

“He will have seen the hype and the criticism and the first thing he will have done is see the negative press.

“I’m sure he was itching to get on the pitch. It’s awful preparation, I know that, but strikers want to play.

“I once came off a plane to Australia at 11am and played in the afternoon.

“I scored as well, in a 1-0 win. Strikers do stupid things, it’s what we do.

“I’m absolutely delighted he wanted to play, it shows he’s got a bit about him.”

Furuhashi left Vissel Kobe mid-way through the J-League season with an impressive tally of 15 goals in 21 games.

All told, the striker managed to find the net 49 times in 110 outings for the Japanese club.

In other news, McAvennie claims Celtic have made ‘£17m’ blunder as Ntcham departure confirmed.