Celtic hero Kyogo receives brilliant foreign media write-up after replacing Liverpool star

By David Walton

November 18, 2021

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has received a brilliant write-up from the Japanese press after his cameo against Oman on Tuesday night.

Kyogo replaced Liverpool star Takumi Minamino for the final half-hour in their crucial World Cup qualifying match. With the score deadlocked at 0-0, Kyogo’s introduction helped lift the tempo as Japan got their breakthrough via Junya Ito.

The in-form Celtic striker has struggled for opportunities on the international stage in recent times. Despite his blistering form in Scotland since the start of the season, the former Vissel Kobe man has only started 1 of 6 international games since his Parkhead arrival.

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But Yahoo Sports have acknowledged the impact he made in the crucial win over Oman earlier this week. In a review of Kyogo published on their website, the popular Japanese website said the following:

“The second half came to life after it was in a stalemate [in the first]. If you simply compare the contents of the game, the latter half is clearly better. The team changed so much when the players were changed.

“Mitoma and Furuhashi can be named individually. Nagatomo and Ohsako are not a threat to the opponent by themselves. Mitroma and Furuhashi can approach the goal directly by themselves, they have different powers as weapons.

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“It can be said that the flow changed completely with the introduction of the two players. However, even though Furuhashi made good moves, he did not get a pass every time. Our weapons are limited to singly players, and it is not yet possible to utilise them as a team.”

Kyogo looking to make an impact on the international stage after Celtic form

We all know how big a splash Kyogo has made in Scotland. He’s the best striker in the country and has proven that within only 3 months or so. That’s one heck of an impression as he’s needed no time to adapt to life in Scotland.

However, for all of Kyogo’s domestic success both in Japan and in Scotland, the 26-year-old has struggled to get the minutes required at international level.

Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu has so often played him either out of position or started him on the bench. It’s no real surprise that the Celtic hero only has only 3 goals in 12 international appearances [Transfermarkt]. He simply isn’t getting the runouts his form deserves.

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Hopefully, performances such as what he produced against Oman will lead to increased game-time. It’s not as if Japan have been flying when it comes to goals scored either. They’ve only netted 4 goals in their last 6 games – 3 of which saw them fail to net.

Why they haven’t turned to Kyogo before now is anyone’s guess. Only Moriyasu can explain it. You would hope he comes to realise the importance of the Celtic man before the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

Japan will certainly be a better team for it.

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