Video: Celtic hero Kyogo earns class reception after returning to Vissel Kobe stadium

By David Walton

June 13, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi was given a fine reception after returning to Vissel Kobie’s Noevir Stadium for the first time since leaving for Parkhead last summer.

Kyogo was part of the Japan squad that mauled Ghana 4-1 in the Kirin Cup semi-final match on Friday. However, unfortunately, the Celtic star didn’t get a minute on the pitch as he watched Daizen Maeda notch his first-ever goal for his country.

But it’s clear that there were plenty of Vissel Kobe fans in attendance as they greeted Kyogo with a warm reception both as he got off the team bus and at full-time:

At the beginning of the above video, the supporters are quick to acknowledge Kyogo after he was announced as part of the bench. He then peeled away from the rest of the group to soak in the support from the fans at full-time from 11:50 onward.

Kyogo has been used sparingly by Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu throughout the current international camp. He only featured for 8 minutes against Paraguay before playing 67 against Brazil last week.

The Celtic striker is now looking forward to the Kirin Cup final against Tunisia tomorrow morning at the Panasonic Stadium in Suita.

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi earns well-deserved applause on return to Vissel Kobe

It’s great to see this given how much it clearly means to Kyogo. You can see on his face that he’s taken aback by the support he’s been given. It’s evident how much he continues to be adored in Kobe.

It’s just a shame he wasn’t given any game-time on his return, which would’ve been ideal considering the Japanese ran away with the result. However, perhaps Moriyasu is keeping him for the final against Tunisia and doesn’t want to risk any needless injury concerns.

Kyogo will view tomorrow morning’s match as a big one for him. Not only is it a chance to shine for his nation in a cup final, but it’ll be an opportunity for him to end a scoreless run for Japan that stretches back over a year.

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The Hoops hero was a real threat against Brazil and will be pleased with his own display. However, it’s clear he has goals on his mind heading into this one tomorrow. He’s already outlined that he’s looking to end his luckless international goalless streak in that particular contest [Daily].

Maeda will also be targeting a rule after netting against Ghana in what’s been a productive international spell for him in particular.

Best of luck to both men tomorrow on a big occasion for them.

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