BBC Pundits react to fantastic Kyogo goal for Celtic against Hibernian

By Euan Davidson

October 28, 2021

BBC Sportscene analysts Shelley Kerr and James McFadden were left astonished by Celtic forward Kyogo against Hibernian last night.

Kyogo made it 3-0 to the Bhoys, after nobody in the Hibs defence detected his incisive run into the box. The Japan international was left with the simplest of finishes, as Celtic effectively ended the game in the first-half.

It means Kyogo has an astonishing 10 goals in 15 games for Celtic [Transfermarkt]. Surely, there’s no meaningful debate right now about who’s the best finisher in the Scottish top-flight.

Kerr and McFadden, both Scottish footballing heroes in their own right, couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

Former Scotland manager Shelley Kerr said [BBC Sportscene, 31.36];

“You can see his position… he’s at the edge of the box, I think that’s Hanlon he runs by, he runs by Porteous, it’s just incredible! He runs by McGinn and it’s just a tap-in!

“To come from out to in like that and not get picked up, it’s just incredible.”

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McFadden added [BBC]:

“His movement is incredible. When the ball goes wide, one of the centre-backs has to say “where is he?”.

“On this occasion, they don’t, because he jogs across the front of him. The form he’s in, the movement that he has, you need to know where he is!

“He just wanders into a brilliant position, and it’s a great finish.”

Kyogo continues to do the business for Celtic

We’re a mere 15 games into Kyogo’s Celtic career, and we’re genuinely running out of superlatives.

The guy just oozes class. His goal last night was typical, if we can say that about a player who’s only been here a matter of months.

He seems to have a head-start on defenders. Despite being right there in front of them, Kyogo is time and again able to elude the opposition and position himself for easy chances to put Celtic up.

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If there was any worry about him slowing up after an injury absence, then there’s not now. Since his return, he’s scored against Ferencvaros, Aberdeen and now Hibernian. Not only that, he doubled his tally of assists with a set-up against St Johnstone at the weekend.

Postecoglou has done some fantastic business, that’s for sure. But nobody has made the impression Kyogo has.

Constantly bamboozling defenders and wowing pundits, Kyogo is such an exciting player. He could make all the difference for us in 21-22.

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