Kyogo explains why people in Japan have been left "shocked" by his Celtic career

By Euan Davidson

December 22, 2021

Celtic sensation Kyogo has described how Japanese football fans have responded to his efforts in Scotland.

The Premier Sports Cup Final hero has been instrumental to everything positive for Celtic for this season. He’s scored 16 goals, set up 5 more, and immediately become a fan favourite.

Signing from Vissel Kobe in the summer, where he was this season’s J League top scorer, it took no time for Kyogo to make an impact. He scored on his debut, against FK Jablonec, and hasn’t looked back.

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Speaking to the Celtic View, Kyogo revealed the feedback he’d got from his homeland, where – no shock – he is extremely popular.

Kyogo said [Celtic FC]: “I’m very surprised at how quickly I’ve adjusted but I do believe it’s due to the support and the trust of the team-mates.

“Everyone in Japan is shocked and excited by the success so far. I’m happy to share the good news in Japan, but I need to focus more and get the results I need here.

“Not many players play here from Japan which is why they are shocked and also because I’ve been able to feel accepted very fast. I have a lot of support from fans, so I guess people are surprised by how fast I’ve adapted.

“However, I’m still not satisfied and I need to provide more results, and my goal is to put smiles on people’s faces.”

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Of course Celtic fans were going to love Kyogo

It’s sad to think Kyogo was worried about he’d be received in Scotland. He arrived to incredible excitement, given his goal-scoring form. Factor in his familiarity with Ange Postecoglou, and how he presents himself as a person.

He just seems like, basic as it sounds, a class wee guy.

Add goals to his demeanour and it was inevitable that fans would love him. The people that matter have adjudged his presence in Scottish football as a significant positive. We hope he’s here for many more years to come.

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If his goal is to put smiles on faces, he did that on Sunday. With two excellent goals, he secured the first available piece of silverware for Ange Postecoglou. That’s return on investment, and make no mistake.

Not only that, he’s set a precedent. Celtic fans are expecting more Japanese firepower through the door in January. Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Daizen Maeda have been heavily linked to moves.

Kyogo sounds like he’s got more planned at Celtic. If he continues to surprise observers in Japan with his inspired form, Celtic fans won’t be complaining one iota.

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