Kyogo leaves SPFL defender with 'head spinning' after reaching Celtic goal landmark

By Lewis Laird

January 23, 2023

Greenock Morton defender Jack Baird has described how tough a task it was facing Kyogo Furuhashi and Ange’s Postecoglou’s Celtic side.

The Scottish defender was part of Dougie Imrie’s side, who travelled to Celtic Park on Saturday attempting to pull off a major cup upset.

Ultimately, Celtic’s quality came through as goals from Kyogo Furuhashi (x2), Aaron Mooy (x2), and David Turnbull handed the Bhoys a place in the next round.

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Speaking after his side’s disappointing defeat in the Scottish Cup, Baird assessed what it was like to face off against Postecoglou’s fully firing squad.

The former St Mirren man described the ‘heading spinning’ difficulties he experienced when trying to mark Celtic frontman Kyogo Furuhashi as he hit the 20-goal mark for the season.

Baird also admitted that this Celtic team was the best Hoops side he had played against after previously taking on the likes of Brendan Rodgers Invincible side.

He said [The Scotsman]: “Kyogo is a really good player, and you can see why he is playing at the top.

“His movement is good, but sometimes he doesn’t get overly involved and then a minute later, he is in the right place at the right time and scores twice.

“He is so hard to defend against. They have a lot of the ball, and your head is spinning trying to find him to stop him.

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“It is probably the best Celtic team I have ever played against. It was so tough, and they never stop. The ball goes out of play, and then it is straight back in again.

“You don’t get a chance to rest and get a breather. It was a tough afternoon for everyone. It is a good test for us and parts of it I enjoyed. It was a good experience, but obviously, I didn’t like the result.”

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Two goals for Kyogo at the weekend got the Celtic forward off the mark for the first time in the Scottish Cup after he missed the earlier rounds last campaign.

Going into the game, many supporters suspected that the Japanese international would be rested against the Scottish Championship side.

However, he was handed the opportunity to continue his brilliant goalscoring form. Two first-half goals also allowed the Celtic boss to bring his star striker off at the break.

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It sounds as though Baird and his Greenock Morton teammates were happy with that change after being given a taste of what it is like to face Kyogo.

The 28-year-old’s movement is incredibly hard to stop, and many top-flight defenders have reflected on how tough a task it can be to mark him.

Morton may have believed that they were keeping Kyogo quiet in the early stages. However, he was simply biding his time for the opportunities to come his way.

Facing quality players such as the Celtic striker and his teammates will only help Dougie Imrie’s side as they look to bounce back and produce a charge for the playoffs.

In other news, Aaron Mooy reveals how he took up important Celtic penalty-taker role.