Kyogo credits Celtic teammate for keeping him "really motivated" during 3 month injury absence

By David Walton

April 27, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has stated that the performances of Giorgos Giakoumakis in 2022 have motivated him to get back to full fitness.

It looked as though Celtic’s season had taken a nasty turn when Kyogo went off with a hamstring injury in December. Ange was keen to keep timelines on a recovery quiet, but it quickly became clear that the Japanese striker was out for a prolonged period.

Fortunately, Giakoumakis then stepped up out of nowhere after the winter break to hammer home 12 goals and take his tally for the season to 13 [Transfermarkt]. He was also the leading man in 2 big wins against Rangers both at Celtic Park and Ibrox.

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And as Kyogo talked up the support he was given by his teammates, he’s picked out Giakoumakis’ run as something that really spurred him on. Speaking to Celtic TV, he said: “Yes, that really motivated me seeing him having a good season. This team has great players so no matter who plays, we can play well with our manager with us. We only have a few games left and we should keep playing well and expressing our play on the pitch.

“All my teammates were talking to me to motivate me that I could come back to the pitch and I really appreciate that. I really appreciate the help of everybody.

“The fact I got injured, I felt a lot of frustration during my absence, because I couldn’t play with my teammates and it was very tough dealing with that feeling. But the team were playing really good. That gave me joy.”

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Kyogo and Giakoumakis both looking for strong ends to the season for Celtic

This may not be the first time Kyogo and Giakoumakis have both been fit at the same time this season. But it is the first time that they’re both fit and full of confidence at the same time.

Kyogo’s return to goalscoring form against Ross County in Dingwall was a huge boost. It got the monkey off his back when it comes to his first goal since that injury blow. It showed us that he’s going to take no time at all to get up to top speed.

Meanwhile, Giakoumakis will still be buzzing with his run of form this year. 12 of his 13 Celtic goals have all been one-touch finishes too. He has confidence and a superb level of quality to him when it comes to his penalty box play.

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Both men will start games between now and the end of the season. You would expect both to add to their goalscoring tallies in the final 4 games too.

It’s all set up for a highly-exiting end to the season for Celtic. Everything is coming together with all of the players who shone in the first half of the season back available and ready to go with the exception of Josip Juranovic.

Hopefully, that confidence is on show when Rangers come to Parkhead on Sunday.

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