CELTIC fans are relishing the thought of watching the exciting trio of Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi and Filipe Jota as they blend their talents this season.
Back in the nineties, the Hoops had Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jorge Cadete and Paolo di Canio lighting up the east end of Glasgow with the spectacular fusion of their many qualities.
Famously, owner Fergus McCann branded the trio as The Three Amigos as they took centre stage in one of Tommy Burns’ entertaining, attacking outfits. Unfortunately, the Dutchman, Portuguese and Italian didn’t hang around long enough as they sought new pastures.
NET PROFITS…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates the opener against Aberdeen with Liel Abada and Filipe Jota.
Hoops supporters will be hoping they get to witness the flashing skills of Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi and Filipe Jota a little longer as Ange Postecoglou continues his Celtic revamp with the promise of more to come in the January transfer window.
Legendary marksman John ‘Yogi’ Hughes, the club’s seventh-highest scorer with 189 strikes, is already an admirer of the abilities of the Israeli, Japanese and Portuguese.
In another CQN EXCLUSIVE, the former Hoops’ favourite said: “These players were made to play for Celtic. This is what my old club are all about.
“I played in Jock Stein’s line-up that possessed the likes of the incomparable Jimmy Johnstone, easily one of the greatest wingers in the world in his heyday.
“Jinky was part of an attack that comprised Bobby Lennox, Joe McBride, Willie Wallace and Stevie Chalmers. I would like to think I played a part, too.
JOY BHOY…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates his goal against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
“It was a line-up that chased goals for the entire 90 minutes. If we were one goal ahead, we wanted a second. If we got that, we went for a third. And so on. I can see something similar evolving with Big Ange’s team.
“He is putting together a traditional Celtic side that are committed to attack. It has still got a bit to go before the entire jigsaw comes together, but you can see they are getting there.
“Kyogo Furuhashi was brilliant against Aberdeen on Sunday when he was playing through the middle. He chased down everything and I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for the Dons back lot.
“It wasn’t Liel Abada’s finest performance since his £3.5million arrival, but he kept at it, too. He is the sort of player a defence has to keep an eye on otherwise they will be punished.
“And Filipe Jota put in a hard-working performance and deserved his winning goal. I like the way he times his run into the box and sniffs out opportunities.
JOY BHOY…Liel Abada displays his appreciation of the Celtic fans.
“Kyogo has claimed eight goals – and it would have been more if he hadn’t missed five games through his injury – Abada has six and Jota has two.
“That’s not bad shooting from three players who are still getting used to each other’s styles. The highest compliment I can pay them is that they would have been pushing for places in any of Jock Stein’s great teams.
“They are his type of footballers. Their first thought is to drive forward and make something happen. That is the Celtic way.”
Hughes added: “Obviously, Kyogo and Abada have signed five-year contracts and Jota is on loan from Benfica for the season. I do not possess inside knowledge on the winger’s temporary transfer agreement, but if there is a way of making his move permanent I would get him signing on the dotted line as soon as possible.
“If he continues in the form he has displayed so far, it will only be a matter of time before English clubs sit up and take notice.
JOY BHOY…Filipe Jota shares the joy with the travelling support at Pittodrie after his matchwinner.
“Unfortunately, Celtic just cannot match the money that is on offer across the border as we saw this summer with Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie all crossing the border.
“They talked about new challenges and suchlike, but we all know it is down to cash.
“I doubt if any of that threesome will play European football at any level with their current clubs. That’s where the real challenges are for any footballer.
“Celtic aren’t quite there, as we witnessed painfully last week against Bayer Leverkusen, but with Kyogo, Jota and Abada around we might just have a line-up equipped to take us forward on this front.
“In the meantime, I intend to enjoy these lads contributing to the Celtic cause in a big season for the club.”