CELTIC talisman Kyogo Furuhashi WILL make his long-awaited comeback against St Johnstone at Parkhead this afternoon.

The 16-goal Japanese international striker has not kicked a ball in 2022 after being forced onto the sidelines with a persistent hamstring problem that forced him off in the 3-1 win over the Perth club on Boxing Day.

Kyogo has missed the past 17 games with Giorgos Giakoumakis taking his place as attack-leader and claiming 11 goals since the turn of the year.

Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I think it’s the healthiest we’ve been all year in terms of players available in good condition and ready to play.

“That’s great for us because it maintains training levels and maintains the boys’ focus every day. So, from that perspective, we’re in good shape.

SMILES BETTER…James Forrest celebrates his winner against St Johnstone in November – but he will miss out today.

“The January window was important one for us in terms of just it allowed us to bolster the squad, but also allowed us to share some game-time and get some guys back like Kyogo, Dave Turnbull and others without having to rush them.

“So, for the final stretch, we’re in good shape.”

One player who will miss out, however, is winger James Forrest who hit the winner when the clubs met in the Premier Sports League Cup semi-final in November.

The 30-year-old Scotland international is ruled out with an ankle injury.

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