Even opposition players are praising Celtic stars Abada, Kyogo and Jota

By Euan Davidson

November 9, 2021

Celtic forwards Jota, Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi earn plenty of praise from Bhoys fans and Scottish pundits alike.

Now, though, they’re transcending even that. Recently beaten opposition players are admitting that this front three of Celtic’s is going places – and quickly.

The Hoops beat Dundee on Sunday, with the front three again combining brilliantly. Jota and Kyogo’s partnership, in particular, is working wonders. Both grabbed doubles in the trip to Tayside.

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Cammy Kerr, Dundee-born Dark Blues defender, has confessed it was a “learning curve” going up against Celtic’s rejuvenated attack.

Kerr said [Herald]:

“My game is to stop their attackers and I didn’t do it. So I will take the blame for that.

“To be fair, in the first-half, I felt I dealt with it quite well. But that’s the quality they have. Two instances in the first five minutes of the second half and they punish you.

“After that, I probably got too attracted to the ball and that’s what they do. They suck you in and then punish you more. I’m just trying to be brutally honest. They are top quality players and the way they move the ball for the whole 90 minutes is great.

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“It’s a wee learning curve for me. I always try to look at my game straight away and I think that’s probably where I went wrong.

“We know what they are going to [do]. They have good players in the wide areas and they look to play one-twos in behind you. It’s all about matching their movements, but I’d say it is relentless in the way they play in the fact that it is non-stop attack.”

Celtic attackers Jota, Kyogo and Abada doing the damage

What a shame it is that we’re now in an international break. Celtic are must-watch at the moment, especially due to the form of the club’s forwards.

They couldn’t be in better form. Even Abada, who’s been criticised over the last month or so, is coming back onto a game. The now-20-year-old clearly needed some rest after an emphatic start to life at the club. Ange Postecoglou duly obliged.

It’s also worth remembering that the talents of Mikey Johnston, Giorgos Giakoumakis and James Forrest can slot into the front-three at any time. Each of the triad offer a lot of threat. Postecoglou undoubtedly has exciting options to use.

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It’s remarkable how quickly the trio have clicked. Each speaks a different language, and have differing but complimentary styles. Kyogo is a centre-forward with a winger’s movement, able to finish in tight spots and create his own opportunities. Abada is a battering ram of a player, using pace and surprising upper-body strength to make space for deliveries or shots.

Jota, meanwhile, likes to linger on the ball, take players on and consider the best route. They’re three very different players, but the threat they pose is considerable.

At the risk of sounding patronising, fair play to Cammy Kerr here. His side had a go at Celtic, and bloodied our noses twice. Their ability to go at teams will pay dividends over the course of a season.

But the Bhoys were just too strong. And that’s largely based on an attack with a unique understanding and bags of ability.

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