KYOGO FURUHASHI failed to mark his 100th appearance for Celtic in style at the Metropolitano Stadium last night.
The Japanese striker lasted just beyond the hour mark before getting the hook from Brendan Rodgers as 10-man Hoops collapsed to an embarrassing 6-0 thrashing against a rampant Atletico.
It had been a frustrating evening for Kyogo with little going right. The ball was failing to stick to the team’s talisman during his time on the pitch, a point made by the CQN match reporter.
The club’s prolific hitman last scored in the 2-2 draw with Diego Simeone’s side at Parkhead on October 25. He fired past Jan Oblak in only four minutes after a superbly-crafted and expertly- executed move.
Since that magical moment, the 28-year-old international has fired blanks in his worst sequence of the campaign.
DENIED…Kyogo Furuhashi is thwarted by Ross County keeper Ross Laidlaw just minutes after his introduction to the action in Dingwall at the weekend.
Kyogo has been off target in the last four games – Hibs (0-0), St Mirren (2-1) and Ross County (3-0) as well as the debacle against the La Liga opposition in the Spanish capital.
Rodgers gave the pacy raider, who has claimed 61 goals for the champions since his £4.6million arrival in late July 2021, a rest until the 61st minute against Ross County before putting him on for David Turnbull, scorer of the first goal.
Kyogo played the entire match against the Paisley Saints, but had been substituted in the 65th minute of the scoreless stalemate at Easter Road with South Korean Oh Hyeon-gyu taking his place.
The player’s sudden lack of goal menace is a conundrum for boss Rodgers to solve as he plans for the visit of Aberdeen on Sunday.