Relief for Celtic as Kyogo and Rogic come through international clash unscathed

By David Walton

October 12, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has been given a big boost today as both Kyogo Furuhashi and Tom Rogic came through their international clash unscathed today.

Kyogo’s Japan were taking on Rogic’s Australia in a crucial World Cup qualification match in the Saitama Stadium. The contest ended in dramatic fashion with a last-gasp winner for Japan securing a 2-1 success. Neither Celtic man was on the scoresheet, but Furuhashi was involved in the winner as he applied the pressure that forced Aziz Behich to bundle into his own net.

Kyogo came on for the final half-hour as opposed to starting the match in a big plus for Celtic. Rogic, meanwhile, played 82 as his nation went down in an entertaining battle.

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Japan vs Australia was always going to be one of the key fears for Celtic supporters during the current break. Given the importance of both Kyogo and Rogic, an injury to either was unthinkable heading into a vitally important month for the football club.

Whilst Furuhashi himself will be disappointed at not starting, it’s great from a Celtic perspective. Given the travel involved for him, it’s ideal he didn’t have another full 90 minutes to contend with.

As for Rogic, it remains to be seen if he’ll be fit enough to face Motherwell on Saturday given the draining performances he’s been putting in over the last week. But at the very least, there were no signs of an injury this afternoon.

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The truth is this is just a start. We still have the likes of Callum McGregor, Nir Bitton, Liel Abada, and Carl Starfelt who could all feature tonight for their own respective countries.

But having Kyogo and Rogic get through the October break without incident is massive. Particularly the former considering how poor we were without him last month.

With four days until Celtic travel to Motherwell, it’ll be a quick turnaround for the pair as they end their international camps and head back to Glasgow. It wouldn’t be too surprising if neither man started at Fir Park due to the travelling involved this week.

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If Celtic can now get through tonight’s Scotland and Israel games in particular without any concerns, we’ll be laughing.

The schedule is brutal on the Hoops between now and the November internationals. Celtic have as many as seven games to squeeze into a 22-day period. Meaning there’ll be little time for rests in between a host of big matches for the football club.

So, unless there are any surprising post-match injury reveals from either manager, it looks as though our Japanese and Australian stars have gotten through today comfortably enough.

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