Kyogo opens up on Celtic future as striker quizzed on Japan transfer return

Kyogo admits he would love to return to play his football in Japan some day - but hinted he has unfinished business to take car of at Celtic first.

Recent rumblings suggested cash-rich Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds were readying a transfer bid to attempt to lure the 29-year-old back to his homeland to play in the J-League again, where he previously turned out for Vissel Kobe. It would however take a pretty significant bid to tempt the Hoops into selling one of their star men and main goal threat.

The striker is back in his homeland during the off-season and has been quizzed on his future amid the rumours swirling in Japan. And he didn't deny that his aim would be to play back there again before retiring - but appeared to suggest that would be some time in the future.

Kyogo told Gifu-NP: "Honestly, I'm not sure what my future holds. But I want to work hard overseas for as long as I can, and if I can come back someday, I'd like to come back to Japan and play in front of you."

Right now, the little frontman's focus is getting into the Japan squad for the World Cup in 2026, and he added: "It's not just me, but all soccer players have the national team as their number one goal. I want to keep scoring goals wherever I am so that I don't lose to those players. I think that beyond that, the Japanese national team and the World Cup are waiting for me. I want to cherish what is in front of me."