Celtic boss Postecoglou makes Kyogo prediction that is ominous for the rest of Scottish football

By John McGinley

August 12, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou reckons Kyogo Furuhashi is set to get even better in a Bhoys shirt from the glimpse of genius we’ve witnessed so far.

The Japanese attacker was in devastating form at the weekend against Dundee, scoring a stunning hat-trick on his home debut and first league start. It followed on from a goal against Jablonec in the Czech Republic last Thursday.

The hype surrounding the 26-year-old is now sky-high. And for good reason.

However, rather than play that down, Postecoglou reckons his new striker is going to be even more of a hero to the support over the next few months than he is now.

As quoted by The Glasgow Times, the Bhoys boss said: “Don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think he’s going to score more than three goals every game.

“He’s still learning and still understanding how we want to play. It’s a different league, a different culture and a new set of teammates for him so I’m sure he will get better.

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“What we do know about him is – and people saw this against Dundee – that he’s a talented footballer. Forget his talent and his physical attributes: he’s an intelligent footballer and that’s why I think he’ll get better.

“He’s come here to improve his football and find new ways for him to be effective, which is why I’m sure there’s more to come from him. Sunday was a great start for him and the team provided him with some great service. Hopefully, that will continue.”

With four goals in his first two starts, Kyogo has certainly hit the ground running. If he improves from here then Scottish football is about to be taken by storm, make no mistake.

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Finding consistency is now his next big aim. Doing that will go a long way to also helping Celtic find consistency in league results under Postecoglou.

We still have to remain patient with Furuhashi. We can’t expect too much too soon despite his hat-trick. However, Postecoglou clearly thinks the signs are good, or he’d be tempering expectations himself.

In other news, Celtic fan group make plea to supporters ahead of Jablonec.