ANGE POSTECOGLOU isn’t pressing any panic buttons after top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi was forced to come off after only 14 minutes of the 5-1 Scottish Cup win over St Mirren at Parkhead last night.

The Japanese striker, who has claimed 22 goals so far in an impressive campaign, retreated early from the action holding his shoulder with the Hoops boss immediately sending on Liel Abada in his place.

Kyogo went down awkwardly after being caught in the middle of a joint challenge from Paisley defenders Keanu Baccus and Marcus Fraser.

BREAKTHROUGH GOAL…Daizen Maeda is congratulated by Liel Abada and Aaron Mooy after netting the first in the 5-1 win over At Mirren at Parkhead.

It didn’t look too serious, but Postecoglou took no chances with the club’s talisman.

The champions have yet another crucial league game coming up when Aberdeen visit on Saturday while the holders are due to face Michael Beale’s Ibrox side in the League Cup Final at Hampden a fortnight today.

Postecoglou said: “It is a shoulder injury, he had a similar problem last year and talking to the medical team, we will scan it on Monday.”

Kyogo was taken off with a similar knock in the opening minutes of the 4-0 romp in the Glasgow derby in September after a wayward challenge from John Lundstram.

The prolific attacker missed three league games before returning to action.

With Kyogo off the pitch, Daizen Maeda scored the opener and Reo Hatate doubled the advantage with a penalty-kick 15 minutes from time.

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Oh Hyeon-gyu races away to celebrate his debut goal for Celtic with Sead Haksabanovic about to join him. Reo Hatate retrieves the ball from the St Mirren net.

New Bhoy Oh Hyeon-gyu claimed his first goal for the club with No.3 and Matt O’Riley curled in a superb fourth.

Hatate brought down the curtain with a superbly-struck effort in stoppage-time.

Postecoglou was pleased with the display and Oh’s breakthrough strike.

The Greek-Australian gaffer, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, added: “I thought we held our discipline really well and once we broke them open towards the end the boys were good and there was good contributions from guys coming on as well which made the tie comfortable for us.

“Oh getting his first here at Celtic Park, I’m sure is a massive motivator for him.”


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