Bournemouth hero highlights "amazing" Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi

By David Walton

December 22, 2021

Bournemouth star Ryan Christie has highlighted the “amazing” Kyogo Furuhashi as he singled out the Japanese international for praise.

Christie was a teammate of Kyogo’s for a month in Glasgow before leaving Parkhead for the English Championship. The former Inverness academy graduate has made a big name for himself with the Cherries, becoming a fan-favourite and looking destined for the Premier League next season.

However, his impact on Bournemouth hasn’t been anywhere near the level of Kyogo’s impact in Glasgow. With 16 goals in 25 appearances already, Furuhashi looks set to end the campaign with a scary haul [Transfermarkt].

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Christie was the man who helped kickstart Kyogo’s Celtic career with 2 assists as he netted his first hat-trick against Dundee at Parkhead back in August. And as he spoke to the BBC about his career so far, he provided a speical mention for the mercurial Japanese superstar:

“I enjoyed playing for the new manager and I only got to play with Kyogo a few times but he was absolutely superb, his movement off the ball was amazing.

“It’s no surprise to me how good he’s been. Then this offer came up and I felt that now was the time, but the summer and the early weeks at Celtic definitely set me up to hit the ground running here. I just pressed the reset button and went again.”

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Ryan Christie highlights Kyogo Furuhashi quality; Celtic fans already falling in love

The impact made already by Kyogo in Glasgow is absolutely astounding. Not because anyone doubted the quality he had, but just when you take everything else into account.

This is Kyogo’s first time playing in Europe. It’s a totally different way of life and footballing environment. Nobody could’ve groaned if he needed a substantial period of adaption. Instead, it’s as if he’s grown up steeped in Scottish football.

It’s a shame that we never got to see that link-up play between Kyogo and Christie blossom further. Had Ryan stayed at Celtic Park, we would almost certainly have been seeing the start of something special there.

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Of course, not that we have an unreliable replacement in Tom Rogic. It was Rogic who set up Kyogo for his delightful League Cup final winner on Sunday. When big Tam is on the pitch, you notice a massive difference in the impact Kyogo has on the game.

It’ll be interesting to see what Furuhashi ends up with come the end of the season in terms of his goal haul. You would absolutely bank on him netting 30+. He’s already well on track to do just that, and for a debut season in Scottish football, that would be an incredible return.

He’s already well on his way to securing the Player of the Year awards too. If the second half of the campaign goes anything like the first, there’s no plausible alternative.

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