Kris Boyd forced into Celtic title contenders admission after "unbelievable" Kyogo display

By John McGinley

August 9, 2021

Kris Boyd reckons yesterday’s Celtic display was a statement that the Bhoys can be title contenders this season.

Less than two weeks ago, Boyd wrote in his Scottish Sun column that Celtic were “miles behind” Rangers and that Ange Postecoglou should resign.

However, in comments to Sky Sports today, it seems he’s already backtracking.

Asked by the reporter whether he’s worried about the Bhoys after yesterday’s display against Dundee, Boyd couldn’t help but praise what he witnessed from Kyogo Furuhashi and company.

Boyd said: “Yesterday they were at it. It wasn’t just the goals, it was Furuhashi’s movement. I thought it was excellent. His movement was unbelievable. Even the little one twos. It was top class finishing I must say.

“Celtic are going to need their players to step up. They’ve been criticised, and rightly so.

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“Yesterday was a statement that ‘we are still here, we will challenge Rangers.’ But it’s early doors. If that team gels together and Rangers get back to the levels of last season then we’ve got an exciting title race on.”

Celtic consistency will soon silence Kris Boyd and others

The challenge for Celtic is now replicating yesterday’s display on a consistent basis. We’re under no illusions, Dundee were poor at Celtic Park. However, I’m of the belief that Celtic would have torn apart most teams visiting Paradise.

Furuhashi is clearly operating at a level that marks him out as one of the divisions top players already. If he, and other new signings, can connect in Ange Postecoglou’s system, then we really will be challenging for silverware this season.

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That’ll soon keep Kris Boyd quiet and other pundits who have jumped in two-footed on Celtic this summer. His column about Postecoglou leaving Celtic the other week was ridiculous and unnecessary. Hopefully this isn’t the only time this season he’ll be made to eat his own words.

In other news, Ryan Christie open to staying at Celtic; new contract talks underway.