CELTIC talisman Kyogo Furuhashi has signed a new four-year deal with the champions.
The Japanese international striker, who has scored 54 goals since joining in a £4.6million switch from Vissel Kobe in July 2021, has penned a contract that will keep him at the club until 2027 at least.
Kyogo will be 32 when the terms expire and he has virtually signed for life.
THE FINAL SAY…Kyogo Furuhashi runs to thank Matt O’Riley for setting up the opening goal in the 3-1 Scottish Cup triumph at Hampden last month.
The pacy hitman has proved to be pivotal to the team since his arrival and has scored in three Cup Final triumps – doubles in the League Cup showpieces against Hibs and Michael Beale’s Ibrox outfit and he got the show on the road when he whipped in the opener in the 3-1 Scottish Cup victory over Inverness Caley Thistle last month.
Kyogo, who won both the PFA Scotland and SFWA Player of the Year awards last season, said: “I am very happy to extend my stay for four years at this incredible club.
“It is an honour to represent Celtic Football Club and our amazing supporters.
HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Kyogo Furuhashi accepts the acclaim of the celebrating Celtic fans at Hampden.
“Last season was unbelievable. From the start of the campaign, our aim was to do as well as we could in every competition we played in.
“We worked very hard every day, on and off the pitch, to win silverware and put smiles on our fans’ faces.
“To win my first treble and help secure a world record breaking eighth treble for the club was a very proud moment for me and I cherish the memories of celebrating this with our fans.
“They have been so supportive of me since I joined Celtic, so I will work hard to repay them.”
Kyogo, speaking to the Celtic website, added: “Next season our objective is the same – to bring success to our club. I am excited to defend our trophies and the opportunity to represent this huge club in the Champions League.
FLAG HAPPY…Kyogo Furuhashi swoops to fire in the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle to secure the 2022/23 Premiership title.
“My personal motivation is to score more goals and help my team-mates win matches.
“I am looking forward to getting started and working with Brendan. He is a top-level manager, he knows the club and knows what it takes to win silverware here.
“I and my team mates are looking forward to working with him.”