KYOGO FURUHASHI was developing an encouraging trend at the start of the season by scoring the barrier-breaking goal in four successive games as Celtic kicked off the crusade for a second successive title.
The Japanese striker, the previous season’s top scorer with 20 strikes, fired blanks as the Premiership campaign got underway on July 31 when Stephen Welsh and Filipe Jota were the marksmen in a 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead.
However, the following week in Dingwall, Kyogo got the ball rolling with the breakthrough effort in the 3-1 victory over Ross County.
TANNADICE TRIUMPH…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates his hat-trick in the nine-goal destruction of Dundee United.
Next up, the fleet-footed forward fired in No.1 in the 5-0 rout over today’s opponents Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and that was followed by the first in the 2-0 success over Hearts in the east end of Glasgow seven days later.
Kyogo then surpassed himself with the opener while claiming a first-half hat-trick in the 9-0 landslide triumph over demoralised Dundee United at Tannadice.
The fans’ favourite is hoping to emulate those feats against Derek McInnes’ Ayrshire outfit in Paradise this afternoon as the champions aim to go TWELVE points clear at the top of the league.
How good is your memory of past connections with Killie? Have a go on CQN‘s fun five-minute quiz and test your knowledge.
NET PROFIT…Kyogo Furuhashi follows the ball over the line following his seventh-minute opener in the 5-0 rout at Rugby Park in August.
1: Which Celtic player scored his first goal for the club in the win at Rugby Park in August?
2: Which ex-Killie player figured in that success for the Hoops?
3: Billy McNeill paid a-then record fee of £125,000 to sign a winger from the Rugby Park club in September 1978. Can you name the player?
4: Celtic raided Kilmarnock for their manager in the summer of 1994. Can you remember the identity of the iconic Celt?
5: Who was the on-loan defender who scored his second goal in successive games for Celtic in the 5-0 romp in Ayrshire?
The answers will be provided when the starting line-up is confirmed in CQN later today.
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