Ange Postecoglou comments on what Kyogo Furuhashi's doing in Celtic training bode well
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says Kyogo Furuhashi is matching the levels of his teammates in training despite missing three months of football.
Kyogo picked up a serious hamstring injury back in December and has only recently returned to team drills at Lennoxtown.
He got minutes off the bench against St Johnstone last week after a rapturous ovation from the Celtic support. The Japanese forward is now set to play a part in this weekend’s derby, albeit possibly not from the start.
The good news is that he’s showing promising signs in training itself.
Postecoglou told a press conference today [Celtic YouTube]: “I don’t think Kyogo is ready to play 90 or 120 minutes but he’s ready to play. It was great to get him some match minutes against St Johnstone.
“He has now had two solid weeks of training and he has done everything with the group. We train pretty hard and he has matched those levels. That means he’s ready to play.
“Can he see out 90 or 120? That’s unlikely because he has been out for so long but he’s ready to play and that’s the most important thing.”
I thought Kyogo looked pretty exciting in the St Johnstone game for such a short cameo. In fact, he could’ve gotten himself on the scoresheet.
His energy levels were high and he is obviously desperate to immediately impress having become such a hero with the Celtic support.
The fact he is right in amongst it with his teammates in training is excellent news and tells me he will play an important role on Sunday, even if he’s not named in the starting eleven.
The Hampden match has the potential to go all the way to extra-time and having Kyogo on the bench ready to exploit any tiredness in the legs of Rangers could end up being crucial.
Some may even argue starting him for an hour is the best way to go, to hit Rangers early. Either way, having him back fills me with hope.