John Hartson marvels at the "someone quite special" Celtic have signed this summer

By John McGinley

September 5, 2021

John Hartson has been raving about the ability of Kyogo Furuhashi and the difference he can make to the Celtic season.

Ange Postecoglou’s side have found themselves on the end of a derby defeat and still have a lot of work to do to mount a consistent title challenge this season.

However, Hartson believes Kyogo and other Celtic signings have given the Bhoys a much better chance of that.

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Speaking to The Sunday Post [05/09 print edition, Post Match supplement page 9], Hartson said: “There is no doubt Celtic have landed someone quite special in Kyogo. His movement is outstanding.

“It was a pity he couldn’t get more involved against Rangers, but when he moved into the central role, he was an absolute menace to their defence.

“Having him gives Celtic a real chance of winning the league this season.

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“Ange Postecoglou has clearly identified a gem in Kyogo, and I’m sure there will be lots more to come from in the weeks and months ahead.

“Many new signings have arrived at Celtic Park in the past six weeks, and it will take time for everyone to gel. But they all look positive. It was a tough for them to lose by a single goal at Ibrox. However, there is plenty of time, and many games left, to bounce back.”

With seven goals in nine appearances, Kyogo is clearly settling into life at Celtic quickly, even without that derby impact.

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I agree with Hartson’s assessment here in that Ange has at least got us into fighting shape for the season ahead.

The next seven or so games are crucial ahead of the international break. If we can pick ourselves up from the derby defeat and put together a string of wins, I reckon our head of steam will be hard to stop.

In other news, Celtic kick-off SWPL title challenge with gutsy away win to Aberdeen.