Kyogo outlines his exciting Celtic target between now and the end of the season
Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has admitted that he’s targeting smashing the 20-goal mark for the Hoops after making a goalscoring return to the starting XI.
Kyogo was back amongst the starters for Sunday’s 2-0 win over Ross County. It only took him 12 minutes to get amongst the goals too as he nodded the Hoops in front with a towering header. On another day he could’ve had a hat-trick too given the opportunities.
Celtic still have 4 games remaining this season with the Japanese striker now sitting on 17 goals [Transfermarkt]. Next up of course is Rangers at Parkhead as Kyogo seeks his first ever Glasgow derby finish.
And the former Vissel Kobe man is clear in his mind about what he wants to achieve before the summer.
Speaking to Celtic TV, Kyogo said: “We want the result for the next game and the most important thing is victory [vs Rangers]. So I will work hard and I would like opportunities to score goals. But again, the most important thing is to make the team have a victory.
“I would like to have 20 goals. I think I can score 20 goals and I want to have more than 20. Goals contribute to the victory of the team and make everybody happy and smile.”
Kyogo will have more than enough opportunities to hit 20 Celtic goals
The one thing we know for certain is that Kyogo’s quality will ensure he gets the opportunities necessary to hit 20 goals for the season. That would be one heck of an achievement too considering he’s missed the vast majority of the second half.
All he really needs is one game in where he shows a clinical touch. Given he has 2 or 3 genuinely big chances on a weekly basis, it’s all about how ruthless he is in front of goal.
Not surprising either to see him constantly push the importance of the team. Kyogo has been totally selfless ever since signing for the Hoops in the summer. Knowing that he’ll refuse to take the greedy option if a teammate is in a better position only goes to bolster the trust his teammates have in him.
The big debate heading into the weekend that supporters are having appears to be whether we’ll go with Kyogo or Giorgos Giakoumakis. The reality is that Furuhashi is our best player. He likely started against Ross County to help him get ready for this weekend.
Both men will have a key role to play, but you can’t help but feel that a starring role for Kyogo would top off a hugely impressive debut campaign from him.
We’ll see what happens on Sunday. As for that 20-goal target? It should easily be achievable for a player of his quality.