"Ignorance and having an agenda"; Ange comes out swinging against Celtic narrative

By John McGinley

December 9, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has vigorously come to the defence of Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi, suggesting the ongoing narrative around him is born from “ignorance and probably having an agenda”.

You may remember that Postecoglou similarly came to the aid of Kyogo in yesterday’s broadcast press conference, published on YouTube by the club.

However, when speaking separately to the written press, Postecoglou went further with his comments.

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Ange won’t accept growing Celtic narrative on Kyogo

He was even stronger with his defence of the Japanese talent, leaving no-one in any doubt what he thinks of people peddling nonsense that Kyogo is a cheat or a diver.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail [09/12 print edition, back page], Postecoglou said: “I haven’t followed that narrative and it’s not something I would be interested in having meaningful discussion on, because it virtually is centred around ignorance and probably having an agenda.

“I would be very surprised if any people who love football, irrespective of who they support, don’t think Kyogo is great for this competition. He is certainly great for our football club. Our supporters love him, which is the most important thing.

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“He’s exciting to watch. I thought he was outstanding at the weekend (against Dundee United), even if he didn’t score. He’s trying to improve every day.

“He’s a great guy to have around, he’s an absolute gentleman and, beyond that, I’m not brave enough to take on all these other big, courageous, couch-sitting observers of the game.”

For me, it’s all quite transparent and Ange is spot on with his comments. Kyogo is a brave player, which will likely be the opinion of anyone who watches Celtic regular. He is constantly putting himself into difficult areas for the benefit of the team.

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He’s had run-ins with opponents, he’s gone to ground, but perhaps if rivals don’t want that they shouldn’t be the aggressor in the situation.

Postecoglou is fully correct to shut this nonsense down. In any case, if our rivals are so wound up by Kyogo, it’s probably a good sign he terrifies them.

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