"Keep the ball away from him"; Upcoming opponent already knows the danger of Celtic's Kyogo Furuhashi

By John McGinley

August 19, 2021

St Mirren captain Joe Shaughnessy is relishing the prospect of testing himself against Kyogo Furuhashi, but already recognises the danger of the Japanese international.

Furuhashi has only started one match in the Scottish Premiership since moving from Vissel Kobe this summer but has quickly put the entire country on notice regarding his ability.

In all competitions, he’s scored six goals in six, including a thrilling hat-trick against Dundee in the Scottish top-flight.

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Speaking ahead of this weekend’s encounter against Celtic, Shaughnessy knows he’s the danger man.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the captain said: “We’re under no illusions how hard it’s going to be. They’ve come into a good bit of form and are starting to play the way the new manager wants them to.

“It’s always tough at Celtic Park and I’m sure it’ll be exactly the same this time around. But we’ll go there with a game plan and try to frustrate them and get a result.

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“We need to keep the ball away from him [Furuhashi]. He’s settled in right away and hasn’t needed any time to get to grips with the league.

“He looks good, his movement is very good. We’ve got to do everything we can to stop him. These are the type of strikers you really want to play against and test yourself against. I look forward to doing that with him and with Odsonne Edouard as well.”

Hopefully, Kyogo can keep the centre-half as busy as possible on Sunday. I have a feeling he’ll manage that no problem.

Recently, opposition defenders have been under severe pressure at Celtic Park, not just when shaping up to prevent attacks but with the ball too. The work ethic of Furuhashi is unbelievable in the opposition third. They don’t have a minute’s peace against him.

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Ultimately that will likely result in some rotation as the season goes on. But right now, it makes sense to keep playing Kyogo while he’s in such outrageous form. We need a good start to the league season this term and having already suffered an opening day defeat, home form is key.

Shaughnessy could be in for a difficult afternoon.

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