KYOGO FURUHASHI will not be rushed in his bid to be fully fit for Celtic’s visit to Ibrox on Saturday.
The Japanese striker whipped in the opener – and his 30th goal this season – in the 2-0 win in the title-clinching encounter against Hearts at Tynecastle at the weekend.
Kyogo struck in the 68th minute, but his joy was marred by a shoulder injury that saw him replaced shortly afterwards by Oh Hyeon-gyu who went on to claim the killer second goal.
CROWNING GLORY…Kyogo Furuhashi gets in front of grounded James Hill to flick the opener past Hearts keeper Zander Clark to send Celtic on their way to a 2-0 title-clinching triumph at Tynecastle on Sunday.
The livewire frontman, who has now collected a half-a-century of strikes since his £4.6million arrival from Vissel Kobe in July 2021, could be struggling to face Michael Beale’s outfit as the countdown to the league conclusion continues with a Scottish Cup Final against Inverness Caley Thistle due at Hampden on Saturday June 3.
Boss Ange Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “He hurt his shoulder a little bit. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.
“Obviously, he’s had a few issues with it. We will just see and speak to the physios.”
Kyogo has been the scourge of the Govan club since the turn of the year and has netted five goals in four games.
CUP THAT CHEERS…Kyogo Furuhashi prepares to knock the ball past stranded Ibrox keeper Allan McGregor for the breakthrough goal in the 2-1 League Cup triumph at Hampden in February.
He claimed the Hoops’ equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Ibrox on January 2 and followed that up with a double the following month as Postecoglou’s men retained the League Cup with a 2-1 triumph.
And Kyogo was also on the mark to net another pair in the 3-2 victory in the league at Parkhead last month.
Now Postecoglou must ponder if he should take a chance on his prolific and pacy raider or keep him on ice until the curtain comes down on a memorable campaign with a treble up for grabs against the Highlanders early next month.