Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi named SPFL's Star Man of the Week after blistering home debut

By Euan Davidson

August 11, 2021

Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi has certainly made a mark on the SPFL after an astonishing home debut.

The former Vissel Kobe man scored a sensational hat-trick against Dundee, winning plaudits worldwide. Now, the SPFL are joining in the applause, naming Furuhashi as the Star Man in their Team of the Week.

Joined by former Bhoy Charlie Mulgrew, now of Dundee United, Furuhashi starts up front by himself in the SPFL’s team of star names from last weekend’s round of fixtures.

Certainly, it’s not bad going for Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi. On his home debut for the Bhoys, the Japanese attacker was absolutely everywhere. With distinctive runs and movement that baffled the Dens’ defence, he could really have had 5 or 6 on the day.

Provided it wasn’t limited to one player per club, you could’ve made a case for any of the Celtic first-team starring in a Team of the Week. Ryan Christie had a hat-trick of assists, Tom Rogic and Liel Abada breached the scoresheet, while Anthony Ralston and Callum McGregor were both imperious and effective.

Truly, it was the kind of day that Celtic supporters haven’t had for a while. The entire team stood out individually. Combined, even more so. If we can nab a few more results like that over the coming weeks, we’ll be in fine shape.

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Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi making himself at home in Paradise

Yes, it was all great fun. Furuhashi, so far, has proven an absolutely inspired signing, but it’s still very, very early days.

What’s most encouraging – beside his goals – is his ability to find pockets of space where there didn’t seem to be any. Having a striker that makes it look so simple, like prime Edouard or Dembele, is an absolute gift.

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If he’s able to build a consistent run of stand-out performances, the £5m we paid for Furuhashi is going to look like even more of a bargain.

With the likes of Christie, Abada, Forrest and Turnbull around him, he certainly won’t struggle for service. Already, it looks and sounds like he’s loving life at Celtic Park.

A bit of invention and looking outside the “normal” transfer parameters really can work wonders.

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