Kyogo and his brilliant reaction to Celtic League Cup triumph

By Euan Davidson

December 22, 2021

Celtic star and fan favourite Kyogo Furuhashi has revealed how much the League Cup success on Sunday meant to him as a player.

Kyogo had a Japanese Cup and Super Cup to his name from Vissel Kobe, prior to joining Celtic. What’s more, he was a Japan international, who has now represented his country 12 times.

His best moment in football thus far, though? The 26-year-old has said it was Sunday.

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The talismanic Japanese striker scored two goals to win Celtic their first available silverware under Ange Postecoglou. The second was a typically Kyogo strike, beating an offside trap from a quick free kick before looping the ball over Matt Macey and into the goal.

It was sumptuous. And Kyogo has explained just how good he’s feeling in the aftermath. He said [Scottish Sun]: “The final was the best memory so far for me in football.

“Obviously we still have to get on with the season but it was such a great evening.

“How did I celebrate? I went home as usual and spent the evening in a very normal way but it was good celebrating with everybody at the stadium.

“A lot of people had a good evening. I’m just happy to share good news with our supporters.”

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Kyogo and Celtic: a match made in heaven

It bears repeating: in the grand scheme of things, Kyogo has been at Celtic for a very short period of time.

Yet the impact he’s made has been nothing short of phenomenal. Risking his own fitness, he insisted on playing against Hibernian in the League Cup, and made it his game. Of course, there were excellent performances across the side, but Kyogo was instrumental, vital in securing Ange’s first Scottish trophy.

On Sunday, he grabbed goals 15 and 16 from just 25 outings for Celtic. He’s laid on 5 assists to his teammates [Transfermarkt]. Even after years of goalscoring exploits in Japan, nobody could’ve reasonably expected such a sizeable impact.

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So to hear how much this means to him is fantastic. Celtic have landed a talent in Kyogo who loves the supporters and the club, and the feeling is mutual.

How much he’s involved over the next run of games – should they take place as planned – is unclear. Obviously, he’s not 100% fit, and nobody could blame him given his effort.

However, if keeps doing what’s he done for Celtic thus far, the guy is going to become a legend in the Hoops. Given his reaction to Sunday’s events, that’s a goal of his, too.

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