Brilliant Celtic goal nominated for UEFA award; Hoops fans can now vote

By Euan Davidson

December 14, 2021

Celtic supporters are being called upon to help Kyogo win the UEFA Europa League Goal of the Group.

Kyogo’s sensational strike, from an absolutely sumptuous Jota assist, is being nominated alongside some other Europa League scorchers. And it couldn’t be easier to vote for Kyogo; all it takes is one click of a mouse [UEFA].

Kyogo is nominated alongside Dinamo Zagreb’s Mislav Orsić, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, Frankfurt’s Almamy Toure, Nabil Fekir of Real Betis and more.

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They’re all absolutely class goals, and you can watch them all on UEFA’s website. But Kyogo’s wonder-goal, with help from a gorgeous Jota pass, surely has to be the winner here.

In case you needed reminding, the goal came in a home win against Ferencvaros, at a 3.30pm kick-off time. The strange scheduling didn’t effect the Bhoys, who put Peter Stöger’s Hungarian champions to the sword at Paradise.

After some excellent pressure from Adam Montgomery, the ball was pinged forward to Jota, deep within Celtic’s half. Somehow, he finds Kyogo’s run perfectly, looks up and tees the Celtic striker to place a delicate first-touch, before slotting it past the Ferencvaros keeper.

It was a goal worthy of winning any match. So, for Kyogo to win a UEFA gong with the help of supporters is really the least we ask here.

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Brilliant Kyogo Celtic goal up for UEFA honours

You don’t even need to put any of your details in. Just go on the website and click “vote”.

Given how close Celtic came to qualification from Europa League Group G, it’d be a small consolation. But consolation nonetheless, and certainly the recognition Kyogo deserves for his efforts in a Celtic jersey thus far.

The Japanese striker and Portuguese winger Jota have combined to devastating effect this season. Between them, they have 22 goals and 11 assists [Transfermarkt]. The fact they can’t play together tomorrow night, with Jota out injured, is such a disappointment. Let alone Sunday’s Cup Final against Hibernian.

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That goal saw them both at their creative and technical best. The crowds at Celtic Park are always out of their seats when Kyogo makes a mazy run. Jota, somehow, managed to find him from practically a different postcode. Despite the distance, the pass was inch-perfect.

Kyogo’s touch and finish, meanwhile – you could watch it back all day and not get bored. It was a definitive movement of Ange-ball; the attacking ethos and technically ability distilled into one incredibly pleasing moment.

Look, it’s just a great goal. Go and vote for it.

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