Kyogo landmark, Mooy magic: 3 things we learned as Celtic thump Greenock Morton

By John McGinley

January 21, 2023

Celtic are through to the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup after thrashing Greenock Morton 5-0 at Celtic Park today.

Goals from Aaron Mooy, Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull powered the Bhoys towards victory in a dominant performance across the 90 minutes. The Bhoys will now play on the weekend of 11th February, with the draw to be made tomorrow.

Ange Postecoglou will be a happy man – but what are the big talking points of the afternoon? Here are three of ours…

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Kyogo hits 20

Kyogo Furuhashi scored two first-half goals this afternoon before being rested by the manager at half-time. He now has nine goals in his last eight matches, rekindling the best of his Celtic form as the Bhoys make a push for honours in three competitions.

Remarkably he has already hit the 20-goal mark for the season, equalling his total across the entirety of his debut campaign in a Celtic shirt. Obviously he was hindered by injury last term, but to already reach last season’s tally by January is exceptional stuff.

Postecoglou’s continued faith in the player is paying dividends. The Japanese striker came through a sticky spell earlier in the season but his status as our number-one striker has never really been in doubt. He’ll be hunting for goals again next week at Tannadice, with no tricky Tuesday or Wednesday night clash to contend with.

Turnbull threat

David Turnbull has had an excellent week at Celtic, doing his chances of being more consistently involved in the first team no harm at all.

Turnbull had only started seven matches prior to today’s line-up, struggling to displace Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley and Aaron Mooy in Postecoglou elevens. He hadn’t been given a starting opportunity for more than two months.

However, after scoring off the bench against St Mirren on Wednesday night, he followed that up with another impressive showing in today’s cup clash.

His eye for goal was again demonstrated, hitting a pinpoint finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. No-one is better at that in the entire squad than he is.

Tomoki Iwata’s arrival might make it harder than ever to break into this midfield but from today’s performance we can have confidence Turnbull is still motivated to be involved and push for more minutes.

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Aaron Mooy runs the show

It will be no surprise to recent observers of Celtic that Aaron Mooy was again impressive in the heart of the Bhoys midfield today. It’s an absolute joy watching him of late and today was no different.

He was at the heart of most things productive in an attacking sense, constantly finding good space and spraying the ball about effectively to push the Bhoys up the pitch.

Also scoring two goals, it’s clear the Australian is a man full of confidence right now. If I’m picking the strongest Celtic eleven based on current form, Mooy is in it, make no mistake.

On a free transfer, he’s in the running to be one of the deals of the season and I can’t wait to see where his performances go from here.

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