CELTIC talisman Kyogo Furuhashi has confirmed he is on the verge of a comeback.

The Hoops striker has not played this year after limping off with a hamstring problem early in the 3-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth on Boxing Day.

Kyogo hoisted his goal tally to 16 for the first half of the campaign with his double slavo in the 2-1 Premier Sports League Cup Final triumph over Hibs at Hampden on December 19.

Those silverware-winning strikes have been the last counters for the Japanese hitman who has now missed SIXTEEN consective games at home and in Europe, but the £4.6million arrival from Vissel Kobe in late July insists he is now ready to join the push for the domestic clean sweep.

He has returned to light training to raise the hopes of the Hoops support that a return may be imminent.

And Kyogo, speaking in a report in the Scottish Sun, revealed: “I have been sidelined since my injury in December last year, but I am in very good condition and I feel that I will be back soon.

“I’m glad to hear a lot of messages from the supporters.

“I am spending my time hoping to get back to the pitch as soon as possible.”

Kyogo’s immediate target would be a place in front line when Ange Postecoglou takes his players to Ibrox for the crunch encounter on Sunday April 3.

The Hoops are three points ahead with seven games to play after the weekend action that saw them dismiss the challenge of Malky Mackay’s Ross County 4-0 with goals from Giorgos Giakoumakis, with his second Hoops hat-trick, and Daizen Maeda.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side came back from a goal down to overcome relegation-threatened Dundee 2-1 at Dens Park.

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