Kyogo makes brilliant Celtic admission; singles out 2 teammates after final

By John McGinley

December 20, 2021

Kyogo Furuhashi has admitted he was not 100% fit going into yesterday’s Scottish League Cup final but simply had to play for Celtic.

The Japanese forward scored two utterly class goals to break Hibernian and deliver Ange Postecoglou’s first trophy as Hoops boss.

Reflecting on the achievement today, Kyogo knew he wasn’t fully fit but just could miss out on contributing to a cup success. He’s also paid tribute to Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic for their assists.

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Classy Kyogo pays tribute to Celtic fans and teammates

As quoted by the official club website, he said: “I wasn’t 100 per cent going into the match after the injury but I just had to play. I had to! I could not miss it. I knew what an important match it was for us all and I wanted to be part of it and give as much as I could.

“The atmosphere was so good and it was a joy to play out there in such a big match in front of a full crowd, it really was something special and one of the great moments of my career so far – but I hope, of course, there are some more days like this.

“It’s nice to score the goals but everything we do, we do it together as a team and I need to say that the passes I received from Callum and Tom were fantastic. I know it is my job to find the net but any forward needs support and to receive great assists like that makes my job a bit easier.

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“So this win is about every one of us at the club working hard together and doing all we can to bring our fans success. We are glad we did and hope our fans enjoyed the day as much as we did.”

Kyogo is a modern player with an old-school attitude and that, combined with his undoubted skill, is what has made him such a hero with the Celtic support.

He wants to give absolutely everything for the shared cause of Celtic success and we simply have to savour every minute of him while he’s here.

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That he would put his body on the line to contribute yesterday, and put a smile on so many supporters’ faces, says everything about the kind of person and football he is.

I can’t wait to see what he can do in the rest of the season.

In other news, Nigel de Jong, Declan Rice and Dele Alli send Instagram messages to Celtic hero after cup win.