Irresistible Kyogo


It was as though a light switch had been flicked.  Celtic produced a devastating display of football that blew Dundee away.  The contrast from Tynecastle of Denmark just a week earlier could not be more marked.  In truth, losing by six goals flattered the newly promoted side.

Kyogo Furuhashi was irresistible.  He was like a gyroscope, moving left-to-right, dropping deep and making timed runs into the box with devastating consequences.  Liel Abada and David Turnbull had a focus for their quick forward passing.  Gone was the Ryan Christie who snatched at chances, replaced by the Ryan Christie who opened the defence with darting movement and passing, recording three assists in the process.

Callum McGregor dropped to the deep midfield position in place of Ismaila Soro, the captain had a big role in how quickly Celtic kept the ball moving.

Ange Postecoglou is still working on his defence, which looked nervy on occasion.  Dundee should have done better with a header from a corner kick that David Turnbull was out-muscled at.  The corner was conceded by Carl Starfelt when he lunged to atone for not getting his head on a long ball forward.  Mistakes lead to set pieces, which have too often led to goals.

It was my first game since St Mirren in March 2020.  It was a joy to be back.  My usual seat is in the back row of the North Stand, but for this one, I was in Row C, at the front of the Lisbon Lions’.  In all the years Celtic Park has been in its current configuration, I never knew how wet the front of that stand can get.  More importantly, the video advertising hoardings blocked visibility of the near six-yard box.  I’ll stop complaining about the permanent gales 142 steps into the sky.

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  1. My friends in Celtic,



    What a joy to watch.



    Is Anthony Ralston the most improved player at Parkhead ?


    Could AP be developing him the way BR developed Callum McGregor?





    PS : When was the last time we scored 10 goals in 2 games ?

  2. CHAIRBHOY from prev…



    You get confirmation emails from Superbru?? That’s a user-friendly feature I nevva knew about. Will have to tinker with my backend (oo err missus) to see how that works properly.



    P67; yer right. Switches flicked. Pennies dropped. Chickens roosting a la maison etc.



    I said b4 they reckon it takes 6/7 weeks for a new behaviour to start embedding and how long has the Boss been in the door ?



    It was a thing of joy to watch; Missus Quad hasn’t seen me so happy for ages…well, since the DUFC score the prev day!



    If FourStone is right, Benkovic would be a welcome addition indeed. HH

  3. The hand of God on

    Most enjoyable Celtic game since maybe the 4-0 Sevco semi final in 2018…scintillating football a real joy to watch….looking forward to being in my wn seat on Thursday..hoping for more of the same on the park

  4. Quick off the mark this morning Paul67



    Are you looking for a retractable roof Spend now 🌂 😂

  5. Fantastic home debut by Kyogo. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and skills



    Paul does not use it to extrapolate on a wonderful season ahead, or, that all our troubles are over. He is not being a kill-joy, just a realist.



    Hearts are the best of the four teams we have played, Dundee the worst – both have just arrived from tier two. The Danes & the Czechs are second and third respectively. We have one win out of two in each category, hardly enough evidence to base the next month on, let alone the season.



    Realism & reflection needed after an enjoyable day on Sunday.

  6. Buddy Morrisey on

    Fantastic to be back. Great to see enthusiasm and pleasure from Kyogo. And Ryan Christie with free rein on the left. Thursday shaping up to be something special. Apart from weather only downside yesterday was sectarian singing from group in NW section.

  7. Ralston’s excellent attitude is what’s needed to create a competitive squad, we will buy a RB,but he needs to earn it from the guy in possession of it.Great to see more energy and better fitness levels yesterday too.

  8. My hat is doffed to young Ralston. Very improved now for consistency from him.



    The tempo in which we moved the ball forward on Saturday has to be kept up.



    1 Swallow does not make a summer though.



    On top of a good away win in Jablonec the Dundee win is something we can build momentum on.



    Cannot wait to Thursday now to see the Bhoys in action.



    D :)

  9. Garngad to Croy on

    Could Ange be in the process of creating a TB like team when fast flowing football meant there was a waiting list for the waiting list ?

  10. JHB on 9TH AUGUST 2021 12:19 PM



    You think Hearts are better than Midtjylland? No chance.



    Just look at the results in Europe of the Scottish sides other than Sevco and (sometimes) us. There’s not a team outside Glasgow in the SPFL that’d knock Midtjylland out over two legs. I personally reckon Hearts would struggle to beat Jablonec.

  11. Oh and Kyogo wow, I think we could have unearthed a diamond here.



    Abbadabadoo to this lad is 19.



    Starfelt was steady again something for him to build on.



    Christie was outstanding to coming in from the left, what a difference than coming in from the right.



    Hope JK and GS were taking notes.



    D :)

  12. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Said after last week’s game that you could see signs of moves from the training ground on the pitch. Even more so now!


    Forward passing, movement, intensity, quicker tempo, combination plays – all the things we didn’t see last year. Even fitness looks improved. Night and day when you get in a proper coach.


    Players (unsurprisingly!) look happier in the new environment too.


    Shouldn’t get too carried away after one game – and against a poor opponent – but very promising signs.


    Had we brought in Ange a couple of months earlier we would almost certainly still be in the Champions League, and with a decent chance of progressing further. But this is Celtic after all.

  13. geebee1978


    Spot on. Hertz enjoyed the usual anti-Celtic officials who denied us a perfectly good goal, ignored a straight red and awarded them a dodgy free that they scored the winner from. They would not get near Midtjylland.

  14. Weebobbycollins on

    Philbhoy…if we win the title back this season that guy will be telling us not to go overboard because we might lose it again the following season. Personally, I prefer to live in the moment…and at this moment we are doing well.

  15. Check out Dallas junior’s face when Kyogo is getting subbed.



    He has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp.



    D :)

  16. I see Eduoard is now injured. I predicted as much and also the fact that it was reported that brighton would not meet his high wage demand.



    I reckon this shows all the signs that Eduoard will not leave the club in this window. He will be injured and sit in the stand for the season then leave the club on a Bosman. That maximises the signing on fee and wages. The club will not receive a transfer fee, He is our record signing



    I dont know this for sure but I reckon the signs are clear. He is seeking to maximise his money. Brighton/Southampton will have offers accepted by the club but Eduoard will make impossible wage demands.



    We are powerless

  17. Weebobbycollins on

    And those who say Dundee were poor surely realise we made them look poor, such was our domination.

  18. I missed the first half yesterday, only getting home in time to catch the second 45.



    With us going in at HT 2-0 up, I wondered if I’d already missed all of the highlights from the game, with the second half petering out, as often happens in these situations.



    I was very pleased to see Ange had them playing attacking football right up til the final whistle.




  19. Great performance. I can see a lot of these hammering being handed out this year given the type of tactics we employ.



    I think it will be a big year for Dembele. I imagine he will be in Ange’s plans as soon as he is back from injury.



    Still need lots of new faces, of course. Really need to try and ship out Eddy ASAP. Knocking back Leicester may not have been the best idea as the market is narrowing for his services. Get the money in and reinvest ASAP ahead of Sevco game.

  20. Rolling_Stone on

    @ BIGBHOY on 9TH AUGUST 2021 12:57 PM



    I’ve not seen one report relating to impossible wage demands. Any links?



    Re his injury. He has supposedly sprained his ankle and was helped off the field by a physio.



    The hate for Eddy, Jullien etc is ridiculous. Particularly with wee, cheeky Leigh sitting in the stand on his phone.



    Moi got a lot of hate for that last year…don’t see much re Leigh this time around…




    “Personally, I prefer to live in the moment”




    What moment are you living in – the one where Hearts beat us – the one where the Danes beat us – the one where we lost 10iar by 25 points?



    The squad is sparse and lightweight and it will take time to build. Why can’t people see this?



    The over the top reaction to the defeat of a very poor team on Sunday is child-like, children live in the moment, as do junkies & alcoholics.

  22. MARKIEBHOY on 9TH AUGUST 2021 12:40 PM





    Spot on. Hertz enjoyed the usual anti-Celtic officials who denied us a perfectly good goal, ignored a straight red and awarded them a dodgy free that they scored the winner from. They would not get near Midtjylland



    Totally agree MARKIEBHOY….3 big (wrong) decisions that went against us….If the officials weren’t “at it” we come away with the 3 points…and if you think last seasons honest mistakes were crucial…we ain’t seen nothing yet with automatic entry into Champions League Group Stages next season….we MUST call them out early doors….we never ever seem to do so…and some say to take the officials out of the equation by scoring more goals than your opponents…but if it was that easy…you would never hear top class managers like Ferguson – Wenger – Mourinho – Klopp – Gaurdiola…all winners….complain about decisions going against them….these managers called it out when needed…..even Slippy G tried it in his 1st league game up at Aberdeen when Fat Fredo got correctly sent off….Celtic are letting their players and their fans down by not calling it out…

  23. Paul67



    Great home league debut for Celtic in the new era.



    Ange influence is a breath of fresh air, last time I checked the coaches were still JK and GS can’t all be down to coaching, as the shape of the side with overlooked full backs starring in consecutive games Ange must have some influence. Christie has been unshackled from the wrong position now filled by Abada, and he is like a new signing.



    Would still like competition at CB where Ange has now seen them all at competative level, should be a no nonsense guy to partner Starfelt or Welsh. Whoever the new RB is, he’ll have to go some to top AR clearly benefiting from stepping inside as per AP’s shape, a goal threat missing for a season, now even occurs from full back.



    Turnbull was sublime, Abada superb and Kyogo doesn’t need those extra touches often a third or fourth, he shoots on sight.



    M.O.M Kyogo Hurihashi

  24. JHB



    Your negativity is getting rather boring



    A BRILLIANT 6-0 victory and you want fans NOT to celebrate



    Kyogo is already a superstar



    His goals, his work rate, his closing down are all excellent, but you want to concentrate on “what ifs”



    Mon the Hoops

  25. I await new additions to the squad.A loan,CH,maybe Itakura,that would give us cover,as Jullien seems hopeful of being back earlier.Doig and Buta,.Star felt needs to play on the right.Not fair to judge the guy when he is playing in an awkward position.He is right footed.


    The exits we all know.Barkas,Ajetti,shame,but some make it,some don’t.Their past history tells us they are not duds,so a loan with option to buy might be a route.


    Excited about this week.Praying the scum don’t put a bit of a dampener on it tomorrow night.

  26. Weebobbycollins on

    JHB…” The over the top reaction to the defeat of a very poor team on Sunday is child-like, children live in the moment, as do junkies & alcoholics.”



    You are a creepy character…

  27. JHB



    I think you’ll find addiction is more associated with trauma than trying to live in a moment.




  28. The one concern about enjoying this particular moment is that it falls within the transfer window and might result in the board deciding they’ve sent enough on improving the squad.

  29. Edouard,Ajeti,Griffiths,swap for Nisbet ,Bitton,Barkas,Bain ,all need to be moved on in this transfer window,Doig at Hibs no thanks ,Gregg Taylor if he had more pace and could cross a ball ,I would stick with,as for Tony Ralston he is ok but not the real deal,so probably need two full backs .

  30. JHB


    “The over the top reaction to the defeat of a very poor team on Sunday is child-like, children live in the moment, as do junkies & alcoholics.”



    I would rather see it as a victory, pedantic, granted, but surely a more positive way to see things re the team that you support?



    No, you’re totally wrong, alcoholics and drug addicts live constantly for the NEXT drink or fix.



    It’s not the victory it’s the manner of it that makes the future look bright, we will have to be a lot better playing out from the back against better-organised teams, but, so far it looks like teams will have to be very good defensively to stop us scoring, or very fortunate as was the case v Hearts, Jablonec and to a lesser extent Midtjylland, por cierto.

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