Why Ange Postecoglou has the right idea being coy over Kyogo recovery time-frame

By Euan Davidson

March 16, 2022

Today, Hajime Moriyasu wouldn’t talk about the fitness of Ange Postecoglou star signing and very sudden Celtic talisman Kyogo Furuhashi.

It wasn’t really any surprise. You could trot out the old clichés: he only wanted to talk about the players that were selected, there’s no point updating when he didn’t have the information. That kind of thing. Ultimately, though, the Japan boss wasn’t going to offer false hope or promises.

Especially when he hadn’t selected Kyogo. The Japan manager owes nothing to the Celtic supporters, really; particularly when it comes to player fitness updates. His is an entirely different mandate.

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Ange Postecoglou, though, is similarly of the tight-lipped persuasion. Since the Japanese striker was injured against St Johnstone, we’ve been anxiously awaiting updates. The best we got for a while, though, is that he was a couple of weeks behind David Turnbull.

Ange has been consistent. Though Turnbull and Kyogo were both in the Europa Conference League squad, he didn’t want to put a timescale on it [Sky Sports]. Then, after the Bodo/Glimt defeat, Ange said he was “nowhere near” training [Scotsman].

An eagle-eyed Celtic fan reckoned they saw Kyogo doing some speed drills at Lennoxtown. And while there’s frustration in the hush-hush, no exact timeline approach, it’s the most even-handed one.

If Ange said there was a specific date in mind for a comeback, and it didn’t happen, he knows there’d be disappointment.

That, and – as we’ve seen with Ange and Kyogo before – the element of surprise is just too satisfying.

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Ange Postecoglou knows how important element of surprise is for Kyogo Celtic return

There’s form there. Against Bayer Leverkusen, Kyogo was not expected to play, having been injured for Japan against China. The lift that Celtic Park got from his inclusion was phenomenal.

Similarly, what a boost it was when we saw him start against Hibernian in the Premier Sports Cup Final. He’d go on to win the game with 2 sublime goals.

Kyogo has Scottish football on strings. Ange Postecoglou knows that. He’ll be cognisant of the enormous morale boost it’ll give the Celtic first-team and the supporters when he’s able to spring a Kyogo-sized surprise on us. The supporters love him – I very much include myself as a member of the Kyogo Furuhashi Fan Club.

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It’s not just what it does to us though; it’s what it does to the rest of the league.

Kyogo has been devastating against nearly every Scottish Premiership side thus far. He will be desperate to really make a mark against Rangers, having missed the 3-0 thrashing at Celtic Park last month. Not only that, he’s proven himself to be more than adept at handling games at Hampden.

Ange knows that the momentum in terms of morale, media and on the pitch will surely be with Celtic when he can welcome him back.

So why put a target on his own back with a timescale he’s unsure of?

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