"It's clear"; Japan legend Honda baffled by treatment of Celtic star Kyogo

By Euan Davidson

October 12, 2021

Japan legend Keisuke Honda admits he can’t get his head around how Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi is being used at international level.

Furuhashi didn’t start for Japan against Australia this morning, and the ex-Samurai Blue midfielder is confused.

Honda, who is now at Lithuanian club FK Suduva, once beaten 8-1 by the Bhoys [UEFA], spoke ahead of kick-off. Also the manager of Cambodia, the former AC Milan and CSKA Moscow star wishes manager Hajime Moriyasu would use Kyogo differently.

Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Honda said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun:

“It’s clear we are a better team with Kyogo Furuhashi in it and not just in it, but playing as a striker.

“For me, he would have been the key to success when we played Australia, but he didn’t even start. He is very fast, can score goals and causes many problems for defences. He would be my first pick in the Japanese team.

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“I have no idea why he hasn’t been more utilised in his favourite position for Japan. You would have to ask the coach that.

“Personally, I am very surprised he didn’t start the game and I hope he is going to be used in the future.”

Honda is right, but Celtic fans won’t mind if Kyogo has a rest with Japan

You don’t need to tell Celtic supporters how good Kyogo is. That said, it is always very nice to hear it, especially from a Japan legend with nearly 100 caps [Transfermarkt].

With a side as talented as Japan – and there are several good players in the blue – the claim that Kyogo would be the first name on the team-sheet is immense praise.

A striker with incredible movement and ability to create space, he’d be a threat to any team on his day. And in the future, he will undoubtedly be utilised to better effect for his country.

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However, if Kyogo misses some minutes internationally, it’s hardly going to be a problem for Celtic. We’ve only just got the forward back, having been injured against China last international break.

A fresh and fit Kyogo Furuhashi is more than a match for any Scottish defence. With some massive games ahead, we need him back.

But yes, Honda is surely right. The guy’s a phenomenal talent, and should be starting as a striker for Japan.

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