Celtic star Kyogo comes through Japan match unscathed

By John McGinley

October 7, 2021

Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi came through unscathed after playing half an hour for Japan in their World Cup Qualifier away to Saudi Arabia tonight.

Kyogo started on the bench in Jeddah but was thrust into the action at the expense of Liverpool player Takumi Minamino on the hour mark.

Sadly for the Bhoys hero, his side slipped to a damaging 1-0 defeat. But the night is a positive one for Celtic.

Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images

There was a bit of concern when the forward was called up to the Japan squad at late notice last week. He had spent the previous weeks out injured after picking up a knee problem in his last international appearance.

However, the break could well turn out to be a positive for the Bhoys, with Kyogo finding more match sharpness ahead of his return to Scotland.

If he’s going to be appearing for half an hour of the bench, he should return in good condition and ready to go.

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Manager Ange Postecoglou joked before the international break that players picking up injuries shouldn’t bother returning to Celtic. But through that good humour will be genuine worry of more key players falling down injured.

The Bhoys boss will be delighted that his star man has come through the first test without incident.

Furuhashi’s next stop is Japan itself, as he travels from Jeddah to Saitama in preparation for a match against Tom Rogic’s Australia on Tuesday.

In other news, Celtic star Kyogo pays tribute to unsung Lennoxtown heroes ahead of Japan match.