CRACKSHOT Kyogo Furuhashi has Hearts in his sights as he aims for goal No.60 since joining Celtic in late July 2021.
The speedy Japanese raider cost a bargain £4.6million from J-League outfit Vissel Kobe and has repaid the Hoops with a prolific striking return.
Despite being sidelined for four months with two separate injuries in his debut campaign, Kyogo still fired in 20 goals.
Last term, he hit 34 in the treble-winning crusade and he has already claimed five this time around.
SEEING DOUBLE…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates his goal in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in August (above) and goes through the same routine after netting for Japan in their 2-0 victory over Tunisia.
The fans’ favourite, who thumped in a hat-trick on his Parkhead bow as Ange Postecoglou’s men romped to a 6-0 victory over Dundee on August 8, broke his Champions League duck at the eighth time of trying against Lazio in the dramatic 2-1 stoppage-time setback in Glasgow.
Kyogo continued his scoring sequence with the opening goal for Japan in the 2-0 victory over Tunisia in Kobe – his fifth counter for his country.
Now he returns to Tynecastle on Sunday for the 2.15pm kick-off armed with the knowledge he scored on his last visit to the venue on May 7. On that occasion, Kyogo and South Korean Oh Hyeon-gyu claimed the goals in the 2-0 triumph that sealed Celtic’s eleventh title in 12 years.
And the bad news for Steven Naismith’s side is that the fleet-footed frontman has no desire to take a rest as he and Reo Hatate return from international duty.
SEEING DOUBLE…the signs are good for Kyogo Furuhashi after he claims a strike in a 3-0 triumph over Livingston in Glasgow in February (above) and it’s a repeat performance after his fifth goal for Japan against Tunisia in Kobe.
Kyogo, 28, insisted: “I still have to grow, so I want to go back to the club and do my best. We will continue to grow, both individually and as a team.”
Describing his latest strike for his country, a beaming Kyogo, in a report in the Scottish Sun, added: “The ball rolled in a really good spot and I was able to stay calm and score the goal, so it was good.
“First of all, the team won and I was able to score a goal that contributed to the victory, so I’m happy.”
Celtic followers are hoping the penalty-box predator is still grinning on Sunday evening.