Joe Hart can't get enough of "dynamite" Celtic teammate
Joe Hart has labelled Kyogo Furuhashi “dynamite” as he lauded his Celtic teammate on live radio yesterday.
Both Hart and Kyogo both arrived at Parkhead to much fanfare in the summer. But whilst the former was a well-known quantity, it was Furuhashi who had a lot more proving to do coming from the other side of the world.
It’s fair to say he’s more than proved his worth already. Kyogo has 16 goals in 25 appearances for the club before we’ve even finished the first half of the campaign [Transfermarkt]. In addition to that, the Japanese hero has turned up in big games with the most recent being the 2-1 League Cup final win over Hibernian.
Fans in Scotland have been taken aback by the intelligence of the former Vissel Kobe star, as the Celtic supporters enjoy a new, refreshing type of striker. And even this early, it’s clear Hart is buzzing with his teammate too.
Speaking to TalkSPORT yesterday afternoon [22/12, 12:38], Hart said: “Even if he was rubbish you would love him. He’s just a good humble honest guy. There’s no getting away from the fact he’s come from the other side of the world. He’s dynamite on the pitch.
“The manager obviously knew him very, very well and believed in him. It’s a big statement to come from the other side of the world like the manager and Kyogo have. But to have the belief that those two have…the manager’s belief in himself and also that Kyogo was going to be key.
“I’d imagine he would’ve been told everything about the Scottish league. He’s just so intense and so quick. He gives every centre-half a tough game. He’s key to the counter-press and he’s coming up in big moments.”
Joe Hart the latest to outline his love for Celtic hero Kyogo
It’s hardly surprising to hear Hart talk up the talent of the Japanese international. After all, given the intelligent footballers the former Man City number 1 has played with, he can appreciate the talent of Kyogo as much as anyone.
But it’s interesting to hear Hart say that he would still be loved even if he was poor. When it comes to why supporters adore their new striker so much, it’s not just down to his goal return.
No, Kyogo is absolutely idolised for his demeanour on and off the pitch. He has a humbleness that so many Celtic supporters can relate to. He isn’t one to gloat when things are going in his favour. And he certainly isn’t one to throw the dummy out the pram when they aren’t.
That infectious personality is clearly having an effect on his Celtic teammates too. The fact he’s a top-class striker into the bargain has only increased his affinity with the support.
We saw just how much he was missed in last night’s 0-0 draw against St Mirren. We have nobody else at the club who can play up top with the same intelligence levels.
Hopefully, he’s back for Sunday’s trip to St Johnstone on Boxing Day.