Joe Ledley makes class Celtic prediction that will be tough for rivals to hear

By John McGinley

July 10, 2022

Joe Ledley thinks Kyogo Furuhashi is going to be even better for Celtic over the coming season than he was last term, greatly praising the Japanese sensation.

The Welshman also thinks this special group are going to win the title again.

Kyogo made a wonderful impact at the Bhoys in his debut campaign, arriving last summer to go on and score 20 goals from 33 appearances.

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However, his season was greatly disrupted by injury, missing a good chunk of the action after the new year with a hamstring problem.

Ledley was a great fan of what he witnessed last term and, speaking to The Sunday Post [10/07 print edition, Post Match supplement page 8], has singled out three players for praise across the piece.

He can’t see anyone in Scotland besting Ange Postecoglou’s squad over the next 12 months either.

The former Hoops midfielder told the outlet: “Jota was brilliant to watch. He is lively, direct and loves to take people on. He can create chances and also scores some brilliant goals.

“Kyogo is also just a joy. He adapted to Scottish football ever so quickly and gave defenders a torrid time. His game intelligence is as good as anyone in Scottish football and I think he will be even better in the new season.

“Don’t forget he had one or two injuries last season and that interrupted his flow. If he avoids those problems this season he will be sensational.

“Callum McGregor just leads the team very, very well. He is a brilliant footballer and has the respect of everyone around him. It’s nice to see his development and maturity in the last decade. He deserves all the praise that is coming his way.

“At this moment, I expect to see Callum lead Celtic to another title. It will not be easy – it never is – but there is something special about this Celtic team.”

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It might be a bit early for some to be making predictions. As Ledley notes, there’s a lot of hard work ahead for Celtic this summer, nevermind into the winter and spring.

Nonetheless, his confident assertion will be one shared by many supporters at the moment.

Celtic still have transfer work to complete. But adding two or three more new signings to this group should help spark the Bhoys into a new gear this season.

With Kyogo, Jota and others such as Matt O’Riley, Liel Abada and Cameron Carter-Vickers all on a path of personal improvement – there’s no reason to think the team won’t be an improvement on last year.

Ultimately, that should result in trophies.

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