What Kyogo Furuhashi's trademark Celtic celebration actually means

By David Walton

November 8, 2021

Yesterday at Dens Park, Kyogo Furuhashi took his Celtic goal tally to 13 in 18 games for the club.

He bagged a brace against Dundee to follow up his hat-trick against the same side back in August. There can be no denying, even at this early stage of the campaign, that Ange Postecoglou has bagged a special, special player.

However, many will have noticed what Kyogo did after his brace. It’s something he does regularly at the end of every goal celebration.

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The Japanese international put his hands above his head and joined them together. It’s something he’s done stretching back to when he first arrived at the club.

Many will have wondered since what the symbol actually means. Is it something that relates close to the player himself? Is it something he did regularly with his former club in Japan?

Well, the truth is that it’s neither. The symbol quite simply represents the number on the back of the striker’s jersey.

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Kyogo Furuhashi Celtic celebration explained

The Japanese symbol for number 8, which translates to “hachi”, shows two lines stretching in an upwards curve that comes close to meeting at the top [Lingo].

Whilst Kyogo has yet to actually come out and talk about his celebration, it’s clear this is what it’s supposed to represent. Especially considering he’s only started doing it since arriving at Celtic in the summer.

The deadly Japanese international has been a revelation at Celtic Park and has become the face of the Ange Postecoglou era. There’s a constant excitement around seeing him in action on a weekly basis. The Celtic supporters haven’t had that for a long time.

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Of course, there will be a big demand for him to keep his form up. Consistency from Kyogo is going to be key if we’re to take the title this season. Especially considering we don’t have any reliable alternatives available.

Next up for the Celtic hero is another international trip with Japan. Kyogo will head to Vietnam and Oman before returning to face St Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup semi-finals in just under a fortnight.

Fingers crossed he makes it through the break unscathed. Anything to the contrary would be an absolute disaster.

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