By Noel Whelan

11th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan slams 'disrespectful' Furuhashi after 'massive' Celtic update on TV

Noel Whelan has claimed Kyogo Furuhashi has shown Celtic a “lack of respect” by discussing a potential Premier League move on television.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 26-year-old striker should focus solely on returning silverware to Parkhead.

Last week (October 4th) Calciomercato reported that Southampton are interested in signing Furuhashi after his successful start to life at Celtic.

The Hoops striker has scored eight in 11 since his reported £4.6million summer move.

The Japanese ace was asked about his future during a TV interview while on international duty.

As quoted by Dan Orlowitz, Kyogo said, “Good results could open that path for me [to move to the Premier League]”.

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He added that he wanted to “do the best” he can to contribute to success in both Celtic and Japan colours.

Whelan suggested the transfer speculation will be “the last thing Celtic want to hear” when trailing Old Firm rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

“Right now, he has to concentrate on the club who signed him,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Rather than talking about speculation about the Premier League, first and foremost he has to do his job with Celtic.

“If he does that job right, then speculation will come his way and there will be offers.

“The last thing that Celtic will want to hear right now is him talking about the Premier League when he’s got a massive job ahead of him at the club.

“He’s been there what – two minutes? It shows a little bit of a lack of respect if you ask me.

“There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to play in the Premier League, but you’ve only just signed for Celtic – and there’s a massive job ahead to bring silverware back to Parkhead.

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