Ange Postecoglou’s side lifted their first trophy of the season today with a 2-1 win over their bitter rivals Rangers.
Kyogo’s brace either side of half-time proved to be the difference between the two sides in what was a hard-fought final at Hampden Park.
The 28-year-old took his tally for the season to 24 with what are undoubtedly his most crucial goals of the campaign so far. And the Japanese forward has received high praise from the Celtic skipper after he starred in the Viaplay Cup final.
McGregor praises Kyogo after cup final brace
Speaking to BBC Sportsound after the game, McGregor heaped praise on Kyogo and labelled him a ‘special’ player.
He said: “It means the world to me. Time after time, you’re tasked to win at this club. This is a special group. We can do both sides of the game. Listen to this place. It’s rocking.”
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“He’s a special player,” McGregor added on Kyogo.
On Viaplay Sports 1, he continued: “I’m buzzing. That’s what playing for this club is all about. The big days, you’ve got to show personality. I thought we played really well in the first half. In the second half we had to dig in a little bit.
“It’s a new group, we’re always trying to get better, we put those demands on each other.”
It was a tense final at Hampden Park but in the end, the Bhoys managed to see out a deserved victory. Kyogo’s goals proved to be vital for Postecoglou’s side after Rangers threatened to mount a comeback in the second-half.
Hoops fans will undoubtedly be dreaming of a domestic treble after picking up their first piece of major silverware of the season.
Postecoglou has now guided the Bhoys to three major trophies during his time at Celtic Park, while only missing out on one.
The Australian always stays in the moment, but ultimately the goal will be adding another two to Celtic’s cabinet before the season ends. You certainly wouldn’t bet against them doing so.
Celtic are by far the best team in Scotland right now and despite Rangers chucking everything at them, the better side prevailed on the day.