The potentially interesting Celtic partnership fans will barely ever see

By David Walton

September 14, 2021

Former Celtic striker Darren Jackson has been talking up the possibility of seeing Albian Ajeti and Kyogo Furuhashi team up as a two-striker partnership for the Hoops.

Jackson talked up his love of watching Furuhashi play. And he claims that when the Japanese international comes back from injury, we could see them feature together [Scottish Sun].

You can see the logic in it too. Furuhashi would be able to find more space if he had a partner alongside him. This could help him be more effective when it comes to making his deadly runs.

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As for Ajeti, he’s the kind of frontman that needs someone alongside him to stop him from being crowded out. Considering he isn’t a centre-forward that often plays in front of the defence, a partner would be of use.

However, despite the fascination that duo would provide, Celtic fans are unlikely to ever really see it in action. There are two main reasons for this.

Firstly, as things stand we’re talking about our first and third-choice strikers. Furuhashi is likely to play consistently up top whilst, if necessary, Ange Postecoglou will surely turn to Giorgos Giakoumakis as his back-up.

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Giakoumakis hasn’t been signed to sit on the bench. When he’s fit and ready to go, there will be a demand from Celtic fans to see him in action. Should he impress, which chances are he will, he automatically becomes the back-up to Kyogo.

However, there’s a more serious reason as to why Ajeti and Kyogo won’t play with each other much. Simply put, Ange Postecoglou’s system doesn’t involve two-striker partnership.

All throughout his time at Celtic so far, the manager has played with a one up front system. The onus has been on the wide-men to get in behind the full-backs too. It’s not just at Celtic he’s done this either.

Albian Ajeti netted two for Celtic against County (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

During his time with Yokohama Marinos, he again stuck to either a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation. This would always be carried out with one recognised centre-forward up top. There are no signs he’s going to be changing that at Celtic anytime soon.

Yes, Kyogo can play on the left flank, but why on earth would we go with that if we have Jota and Mikey Johnston available? After all, it hardly worked at Ibrox a couple of weeks ago. Unless we’re in a desperate situation, seeing Furuhashi and Ajeti even on the same pitch looks highly unlikely.

Would be fascinating to see? Absolutely. But don’t expect it to be on the cards anytime soon.

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