KYOGO FURUHASHI whipped in his FORTY-FIRST Celtic goal when he flashed a low drive away from Livingston’s stranded Shamal George for the Hoops’ third goal in first-half stoppage-time in midweek.

The lightning strike sealed the 3-0 triumph over the West Lothian club and made sure the champions maintained their nine-point advantage on their relentless quest for a second successive crown.

Kyogo lit up the east end of Glasgow back on August 8 2021 when he took his bow in Paradise and walloped a hat-trick into the Dundee net in a 6-0 romp to give the supporters their first taste of what to expect from the Japanese hitman.

REST AND BE THANKFUL…Kyogo Furuhashi finds a novel way of celebrating his goal against Livingston.

SITDOWN STRIKER…the signs are good for the Celtic hitman.

HOOP, HOOP HOORAY…Kyogo Furuhashi in his more accustomed ‘pyramid’ celebration as team-mates Greg Taylor, Daizen Maeda and Alistair Johnston prepare for the restart.

It was the beginning of a love affair between the fleet-footed forward who arrived just over a week earlier as a virtual unknown in a £4.6million switch from J-League outfit Vissel Kobe, an astute recruit by new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Despite, a fourth-month injury-interrupted period, Kyogo still managed to complete his debut campaign as the club’s top scorer with 20 goals – three ahead of Giorgos Giakoumakis.

As he turned on the afterburners to leave Livi defender Jack Fitzwater struggling in his slipstream before gliding his effort low towards its destination on Wednesday, he prepared to celebrate his 21st counter of this term’s crusade.

We have to ask, though, if the popular Celt is running out of ideas for goal celebrations.

NET PROFIT…Kyogo Furuhashi is a joy Bhoy after scoring the opener in Celtic’s 5-0 romp over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in August.

He introduced us all to the ‘pyramid’, with both hands angled above his head, but on the most latest occasion he seemed to be lying down on the job.

Kyogo appeared to take an impromptu break before his team-mates cajoled him back to his feet to display his joy in a more recognisable manner.

We stress this in not a complaint of any kind. If Kyogo is seen napping in Perth today, we will be delighted if this is his new-fangled way of rejoicing yet another goal for the Hoops.

We will most certainly join the applause if we witness the international raider snooze as Saints lose.

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