KYOGO FURUHASHI was in seventh heaven at Parkhead as the curtain came down on the action for 2023.
The Japanese international striker completed the calendar year the way he started it – with a memorable goal against Ibrox opposition. His SEVENTH in 12 months.
Kyogo, who joined the champions from J-League side Vissel Kobe in July 2021, had fired blanks in the derby duels until January 2.
And now there’s just no stopping the Celtic fans’ favourite who must have the men from Govan trembling at the mere mention of his name.
THE VICTOR AND THE VANQUISHED…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates in front of the joyous Celtic fans as keeper Jack Butland can only look on in dismay.
On February 26, the pacy raider fired in two as Celtic won 2-1 in the League Cup Final and he followed that up with another twosome on April 8 in the Hoops’ 3-2 triumph in the league in the east end of Glasgow.
Kyogo hit the ground running this season when he volleyed in the only goal of the game on September 3 and he repeated the achievement yesterday with his blistering 25-yard left-foot drive that thumped into the net behind Jack Butland for the hosts’ second strike.
NUMBER ONE…Kyogo Furuhashi is outnumbered as he nets the late leveller at Ibrox on January 2.
NUMBER TWO…Kyogo Furuhashi prepares to knock in the opener in the League Cup Final in February.
NUMBER THREE…the deciding goal as Kyogo Furuhashi almost ends in the net alongside Borna Barisic after turning in a low cross from Reo Hatate for the League Cup winner.
NUMBER FOUR…Kyogo Furuhashi thumps Celtic into the lead in the 3-2 Premiership triumph at Parkhead in March.
NUMBER FIVE…Allan McGregor has no chance as Kyogo finishes from close range in the Premiership clash.