Simon Donnelly hails the impact of Celtic signing Kyogo Furuhashi ahead of vital double-header

By Euan Davidson

August 24, 2021

90s Celtic favourite Simon Donnelly has hailed the impact of Kyogo Furuhashi, the club’s star summer signing.

Since arriving at Paradise, Kyogo has become a fan hero with his energetic displays, goals and unbelievable positioning. Everyone associated with Celtic has noticed the Japan international’s impact, and that includes Donnelly.

An energetic attacking player in his own right, Donnelly came to Celtic in 1993 and scored 30 goals before a move to Sheffield Wednesday. The former assistant manager to Jackie McNamara was asked for his take on Celtic’s vital week of matches on Sky Sports.

He said [Sky Sports]:

“He certainly has been a real addition to the Celtic team of late. It’s early in his Celtic career, and he’s got six goals in six. What I like about him is his energy and his work rate as well.

“I think obviously the skill is there, the talent is there… his work rate, I think that’s rubbing off on everybody else. He’s defending from the top there, closing things down, chasing lost balls.

“I think it’s just evident that’s the way Ange [Postecoglou] wants to play, and it’s rubbing off on the rest of the team.”

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Simon Donnelly is right; Kyogo Furuhashi is the trademark signing of Ange Postecoglou era at Celtic

Managers can absolutely benefit from bringing in their marquee player, one who sets the tone and dictates the tempo at training and in games. Kyogo is, undoubtedly, that player for Postecoglou.

A surprise, late-night signing, the current J-League top scorer [ESPN] has been a revelation. It’s little wonder that Celtic players past and present are lining up to appreciate him.

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The Glasgow Derby represents his biggest test yet. In a hostile atmosphere, Kyogo can cement his place as a fan favourite in his early Celtic career. It’s hard to know how that would look, granted.

Japan flags are commonplace at Celtic Park, while he, Abada and Ange Postecoglou already have a popular terrace chant.

But a goal against Rangers? That’ll seal the deal. Donnelly’s right; he’s quickly become a key player in a potentially exciting era for Celtic Football Club.

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