Kyogo wins award; gives first English language interview at Celtic

By John McGinley

September 13, 2022

Kyogo Furuhashi showed his aptitude for quick learning and adaptability today, giving his first English-language interview since joining up at Celtic last summer.

Kyogo has rarely spoken in English but did send a brilliant Christmas message to the support without a translator late last year.

Today, he was speaking to club media man Gerry McCulloch, summing up his delight at winning the Scottish Premiership player of the month award for August.

He said: “I’m happy to get player of the month. My teammates always give me good passes, I just score goals, I am happy. It always makes me very, very happy. There is always so much support for me and every goal is exciting. We keep working every game, every day in training. I hope we score more goals. I will do my best.”

There’s been fantastic feedback from online supporters to the interview, with many delighted to see Kyogo put in the extra effort to learn a new language alongside all the fantastic performances on the pitch.

It should only help strengthen his relationships with his teammates, staff and fans throughout his Celtic career.

His award is very well deserved too, of course. Kyogo scored six goals in four matches throughout August, helping to establish a fantastic start to the season for the Bhoys.

An injury sustained against Rangers halted his momentum a bit, but he’s already back in contention to start games again, beginning with tomorrow’s match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland.

With Giorgos Giakoumakis also in excellent form right now, Ange Postecoglou has superb attacking weapons at his disposal right now.

In other news, Impressive ticket sales in Warsaw for Celtic match as Shakhtar take Sunday flight for 3-day prep.