Kyogo set to return to Vissel Kobe stadium this week 11 months after Celtic move

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has been discussing his return to Vissel Kobe’s stadium on Friday night as Japan face Ghana.

The Japanese are opening up their Kirin Cup campaign with a semi-final clash with the Ghanaians. And the game will be hosted at Vissel Kobe’s Noevir Stadium.

Kyogo signed for the Hoops from Kobe last summer after nagging 49 goals in 111 appearances for his former club [Transfermarkt]. The striker has ben an absolute revelation at Celtic Park, but will be looking to make an impact on his return to his old stomping ground this week.

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And reacting to his return to Kobe, Kyogo certainly sounds excited after featuring in 2 friendlies against Paraguay and Brazil respectively.

As quoted by Soccer-King, Kyogo said: “Kobe is a place where I played for a long time, so I am looking forward to playing there and I hope to be on the pitch.

“It has been about a year since I went to Celtic, but I think it is some kind of fate that I am able to play in Kobe, and that is why I want to repay the favor by standing on the pitch and playing my part as much as possible.”

Kyogo will be eying up a goalscoring return to Vissel Kobe on Friday

It’s likely going to be an emotional occasion for Kyogo regardless of whether he starts or is brought on during the match. The Japanese camp will have high hopes of winning the Kirin Cup this year, and it’ll provide a good springboard for them ahead of Qatar 2022.

And that’s why the player will be looking to try and take as much emotion out of the occasion as possible. Friday’s contest is anything but a friendly, and it could have ramifications for future selections with the World Cup only months away.

As brilliant as his return to Vissel Kobe’s home ground is, it’s still 10 appearances since Kyogo actually netted for Japan. There would be no better place to end that run than at his former home. However, it won’t be something he’ll be looking to over-romanticise.

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Fellow Celtic forward Daizen Maeda will also be involved after appearing against Paraguay and Brazil respectively. The match poses just as big an opportunity for him as it does Kyogo.

Hopefully, Japan do indeed go on to win the 4-team competition over the coming week with both Celtic men playing a big part. Nothing would bring them back to pre-season in better spirits.

But there’s no denying it would be brilliant to see Kyogo thrive at his old stomping ground. Fingers crossed he gets that opportunity.

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