Joe Hart on the value of key Celtic man; describes what he's like at Lennoxtown
As if he wasn’t already, key Celtic man Kyogo is the name on the lips of supporters, and his teammates like Joe Hart.
Hart was colossal in his own way in the Premier Sports Cup Final, making important saves particularly late on. It was Kyogo, though, who scored the two goals that won Ange Postecoglou his first Celtic trophy. And with considerable panache and cool, too.
Now, the former England goalie has talked about Kyogo’s value to the side, while giving some behind the scenes perspective on the popular striker. Hart said [Scotsman]: “Kyogo is a top player. He has come back from an injury that could have potentially put him out for a couple of weeks and put himself on the line.
“He is top. He only really got two chances in the final and he killed Hibs. It was top centre-forward play and it’s what we needed. Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic showed great vision to find him and he did the rest.
“We believe in the squad, of course we do. But when someone like Kyogo is available to play, he suits the style so well. There is no getting away from the fact he’s our No1 striker and if he’s available we are very happy.
“There is no getting away from the fact that his English isn’t perfect and he’s from the other side of the world, but he’s such a team player.
“He’s an honest, humble, hard-working individual and a good human being. Kyogo feels our support as a squad and okay, maybe we can’t sit there and have conversations with him. But he feels the love from us and he gives it back with his performances.”
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Joe Hart with some important insight on Celtic fan favourite Kyogo
It’s got to be hard going somewhere where you don’t speak the language. That sounds obvious, because it is. But especially for a footballer. So much of feeling welcome at a club is down to what the dressing room is like, making friends, and perhaps most importantly, communicating out on the pitch.
The fact that Kyogo has made such an impact despite having limited English only makes what he’s done more impressive.
What’s also heartening is hearing what a great person he is. Ange Postecoglou has emphasised the importance of having humble players who mesh well together. Even if they can’t speak the language.
So, respect is due for how well Postecoglou has recruited. Additionally, it can’t be forgotten what an impact good guy Joe Hart has had since arriving. His communication with supporters is top-notch, and from when he came to Celtic, his commitment to the cause has been beyond reproach.
Celtic supporters saw that and valued it immediately.
Hart, Kyogo, Juranovic – Postecoglou has built a squad of likeable people, who – beyond the obvious sporting context – you want to succeed. There’s no overwhelming ego, just a drive and confidence to get the job done.