John Hartson has been left in absolute awe of Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi

By David Walton

October 20, 2021

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has been left in total awe of current Hoops forward Kyogo Furuhashi.

The Japanese international has been a revelation since signing from Vissel Kobe in the summer. Kyogo bagged his 9th goal of the season in only his 13th game for the club – a stupendous return that also includes an assist to his name too [Transfermarkt].

But what was most striking about his goal in yesterday’s 2-0 win against Ferencvaros was the sheer quality of it. Kyogo quickly took the ball down and gave Hungarian international Denes Dibusz no time to get into a strong position before he slotted it beyond him.

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And Hartson can’t believe the quality bursting out of Ange Postecoglou’s smash-hit summer arrival. Speaking live on BT Sport after yesterday’s game [BT Sport 1, 19/10, 17:20], Hartson said: “Kyogo’s goal is extraordinary. Unbelievable, it tells me he’s a top, top-drawer centre-forward.

“His touch, the pass from Jota, and to see the finish, to take it first time in the goalkeeper’s near post, it’s a wonder goal. And that is a very, very special player.

“It goes to show how much Kyogo was missed when he wasn’t in the team. There are not enough superlatives for that finish. Hopefully, he’ll keep going and get 20-plus this season.”

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John Hartson sets modest target for Kyogo Furuhashi

Nothing Hartson says is wrong here of course. He’s absolutely spot on to be highlighting the quality of the Furuhashi goal yesterday.

However, what’s eye-catching here is his target for the Japanese striker. Reaching a 20-goal target looks like it could be done by Christmas at this rate should the player remain fit and firing. In truth, it would be surprising if he isn’t looking to bag himself a 30-goal season.

If he hadn’t gotten injured over the course of September, goodness knows what he would be on. That’s not even including some of the brutal missed chances in his first few games at the club. He could easily be on close to 15 goals just now in different circumstances.

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But even so, Kyogo just keeps impressing. It’s easy to forget how much he signed for in the summer too. So much is generally made of big-money fees when players come to Celtic Park. Furuhashi arrived in a reported £4.6m deal for example [Scottish Sun].

Not one person has even mentioned his value, which was sizable when compared with other Celtic transfer dealings. The fact his fee hasn’t even been mentioned shows just how impactful he’s been. If anything, it’s looking like an absolute steal from the Hoops.

There’s genuine excitement for every Celtic game these days. Let’s not kid ourselves, a large part of that is most certainly down to Kyogo.

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