Stand-out Celtic performer Kyogo reacts to massive European win

By Euan Davidson

November 5, 2021

Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi has reacted with typical enthusiasm to the Bhoys’ 3-2 win over Ferencvaros [BT Sport].

The win means Celtic are guaranteed European football beyond Christmas. The Europa Conference League is secured, but the Europa League is still on. Last night’s result means Celtic can put real pressure on Real Betis for second place.

Kyogo, of course, was absolutely vital for Celtic last night. His goal, from some excellent pressing by Liel Abad, showcased the Japan international’s composure in the box. He skilfully moved the ball on to his left foot with a fake shot, and put it past a despairing Adam Bogdan.

He could’ve had two. In the second half, he was desperately unlucky when a chipped shot, placed delicately over the former Hibs keeper, was saved off the line.

With all of the front three scoring, it was a great night in particular for Ange Postecoglou’s summer signings.

Kyogo reacted with late night tweet, saying:

A very important victory indeed. But it wasn’t just the result, it was the manner of it. Celtic are showing real courage away in Europe, and taking the game to opposition.

It helps, obviously, when you have star players like Kyogo. His movement throughout was absolutely sensational. With his new blonde barnet, the Japanese international was just unplayable for his whole 70 minutes.

Another star turn from a star player.

Ferencvaros 2-3 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Ferencvaros 2-3 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Is Kyogo, Celtic sensation, the best in the country?

Last night, Kyogo notched his 11th goal in 17 appearances. He’s also made 3 assists, meaning he’s contributed to 14 goals overall. That’s phenomenal production.

With numbers like that, and the performances to match, surely he’s the best striker in Scotland right now. Brought in half-way through the J League season, you could’ve forgiven Kyogo for tiring and taking time to settle. He’s not needed it at all, though.

If anything, his attitude has been first-class. He smiles even when he’s not scoring. When his lob over Bogdan was rescued off the line, he couldn’t help but appreciate the defending it took to prevent a brace.

That’s him after a miss. / (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

But it’s not just the goals, it’s his overall contribution and personality. The players around him seem so eager to get him the ball. Not least Jota, who’s trying to learn Japanese to get to know him better.

Kyogo may be joined by some of his compatriots from the J League in January.

However they contribute, it’ll take a lot to match our star summer signing.

Read more: The difference Ange Postecoglou is making to Celtic in Europe