Celtic captain Callum McGregor beams about new Bhoys Furuhashi and Abada

By Euan Davidson

August 6, 2021

New Celtic captain Callum McGregor is delighted by the impact of summer arrivals Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi.

Both of the new Bhoys scored as Celtic disposed of FK Jablonec away from home. McGregor, who put in another excellent performance at the heart of midfield, was unlucky not to dent the scoresheet himself. After finding some space, his first half attempt dragged inches wide of goal.

The Scotland international, who delighted supporters with a goal at Euro 2020, is impressed by what he sees from Furuhashi and Abada. Ryan Christie and James Forrest, McGregor’s teammates for club and country, added to the scoreline in the Czech Republic.

McGregor told Celtic TV:

“Whenever you go away in Europe, teams will make it difficult for you and you’ve got to be strong mentally to get the result, and I thought the boys did that. There were some top quality goals in there as well to give us a good night.

“Liel [Abada] has been excellent since he’s come in and that’s another goal for him. You can tell he’s playing with confidence as well. And Kyogo [Furuhashi] looked very lively – his first start and he gets his first goal as well.

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“So as a forward player, getting on the scoresheet so early in their careers is great for the team, and for them as well.”

It isn’t just Callum McGregor who’s excited about Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada

Callum McGregor, undoubtedly a Celtic fanatic himself, will be delighted with Furuhashi and Abada not just as a team-mate, but a supporter.

Abada represents the kind of winger Celtic have missed. At just 19, he’s capable of beating defenders for fun, working in tandem with a roving right-back, and scoring goals.

With James Forrest moving over to the left, there’s the potential for a really direct, exciting wing tandem there. In fairness to Forrest, he seems to have zero qualms moving flank to accommodate the Israeli international.

As for Furuhashi? Celtic supporters are already (jokingly) comparing him and Abada to Ronaldinho and Messi in their Barca days. His movement last night was impeccable; more than once, just a couple of steps took a Jablonec defender or two out of the game entirely.

After the disappointment of last season, McGregor will understand the importance of having a hungry front-line to work with. As long as they continue to make space, take chances and terrify defenders, McGregor will have ample assists to make in 21-22.

Equally, he’s already got off to a good scoring season himself. His strike against FC Midtjylland, an early contender for Goal of the Season, was a reminder of his technical abilities.

From the doldrums to delight. Things are looking up for McGregor and Celtic.

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