Ange shares Kyogo's barrier of entry for Celtic final; today was crucial

By Euan Davidson

December 18, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has shared what it’ll take for Kyogo to make the Celtic starting XI for tomorrow’s Premier Sports Cup Final.

The Japanese sensation has missed the last few games, since pulling up with a hamstring problem against Real Betis. The frustration was significant, as he only came on to replace Albian Ajeti, in a game with little material consequence.

Since then, Celtic supporters have waited with bated breath for Kyogo updates. And now, Ange Postecoglou has maintained his message – it’s day-to-day, and his appearance in training today at Lennoxtown will be the ultimate factor.

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Celtic have played without a recognised striker since the Betis game. Albian Ajeti and Giorgos Giakoumakis are also absent through injury. Liel Abada, who played some games up front for Maccabi Petah Tikva, scored against Ross County on Wednesday.

Postecoglou said [Herald]: “It’s still sort of a day-to-day proposition.

“We’ve still got training tomorrow, so I’m not ruling anyone out, but I’m not ruling anyone in at the moment.

“From my perspective, if anyone is going to be available they will have to train tomorrow. So the medical team will give me a briefing in the morning and we’ll go from there.

“I’ve got no choice, it’s how it is. I’d much rather not be in this position and have everyone available, but it’s been happening for a few weeks.”

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Celtic fans will have everything crossed for Kyogo ahead of Premier Sports Cup Final

Kyogo has, naturally, been in the headlines this week despite being injured. His goal against Ferencvaros was awarded as the UEFA Europa League’s Goal of the Groups, winning 43% of the vote.

The diminutive striker has been a revelation for Celtic. There’s nobody, of course, who doesn’t richly deserve a place in tomorrow’s final. However, Kyogo’s impact means that it’d be a particular shame were he to miss the showpiece event.

After all, it was Kyogo who helped to get us there. He scored against Hearts in the quarter-finals, and his pressure of Zander Clarke in the St Johnstone goal led to a mistake which Celtic exploited to win the semi.

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That, and his general output for Celtic this season, mean that if he was fit, he’d be an automatic pick. Celtic supporters would dearly love to see him score in a Cup Final.

Here’s hoping that we get some of the injury luck we’re owed, after a brutal stretch of fitness misfortune.

If Kyogo’s doing his thing tomorrow, we’ll be in a much better shape.

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