By Danny Mills

15th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Mills: Kyogo's Celtic exit plan is 'pure honesty' and 'not spiteful'

Kyogo Furuhashi is using Celtic as a “stepping stone”, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England defender insisted Celtic will know Kyogo will want a move to the Premier League.

The Japan international has already scored eight times in 11 games for Celtic after his summer move from Vissel Kobe.

He has just been away on international duty and conducted an interview with Japanese outlet Number Web.

As translated by journalist Dan Orlowitz the 26-year-old revealed: “Good results could open that path for me [to move to the Premier League].”

Asked for his assessment of Kyogo’s comments, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s just honest.

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“We all know these clubs are a stepping stone. It’s like when a player goes to a Premier League club further down the table, it’s a stepping stone. Managers do it, players do it.

“Celtic will know that. Knowing Japanese culture, it’s not been said with any spite or malice. It’s just pure honesty.

“He’s not been derogatory about Celtic or anything like that. He’s just said ‘These are the facts. If I keep doing this, there’s every chance a Premier League side might be interested and why wouldn’t they?’. It’s a bigger step up in terms of profile, wages and everything else.

“I just think he’s being refreshingly honest. I’m sure there might be a little bit lost in translation given it was in Japanese as well.”

Kyogo is under contract at Parkhead until the summer of 2025.

The 10-time international signed a four-year deal when his move was completed in August.

In other news, a Celtic summer signing is facing the axe after a source’s update.