WHY KYOGO IS THE PERFECT TEN

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KYOGO FURUHASHI hardly rated a mention when he made his first appearance in a Celtic shirt following his £4.6million summer switch from Vissel Kobe.

The Japanese striker was an unknown quantity when Ange Postecoglou plundered the J-League for its top marksman.

Alas, nothing had changed following Kyogo’s 11-minute substitute cameo when he replaced Liel Abada as the Hoops were drawing 1-1 with Hearts at Tynecastle on the opening evening of the Premiership campaign on July 31. Kyogo had just arrived in the UK the previous day, but was pushed on as his new manager looked for a winner.

JOY BHOY…Kyogo Furuhashi can’t disguise his pleasure after scoring for the Hoops.

Unfortunately, the ambition of Postecoglou to press for a points-clincher recbounded on the visitors when John Souttar rose unchallenged to Michael Smith’s left-wing free-kick delivery to bullet a second goal past Scott Bain in the fading moments.

It wasn’t the most noteworthy of starts for the 26-year-old forward who was eager to bring Eastern Promise to Parkhead during the massive revamp as Celtic edged into a new era after the wretched term when the quest for the historic 10 in a row had inexplicably imploded in the club’s first trophyless season in 11 years.

Three months later, we ALL know the name of Kyogo Furuhashi.

KYOGO IN PARADISE…the Japanese striker takes the plaudits of the delighted Celtic support.

The lively raider went into double figures in the scoring charts when he swept in the third goal in the 3-1 midweek triumph over Hibs at Easter Road to ensure better memories of performing in Scotland’s capital city after his false start.

Kyogo has claimed his 10 goals from 14 starts and would have undoubtedly added to his total if he had not sustained a knee injury on World Cup duty for his country which forced him to miss five games.

He is making up for lost time and Livingston are now in his sights in the east end of Glasgow this afternoon.

Kyogo may also be hoping to become a head Bhoy – he has yet to score a goal with his napper!

Enjoy the ten of the best from the latest Celtic fans’ favourite.

GOAL NUMBER ONE…Kyogo races away after slotting an effort into the FK Jablonec net on August 5.

GOAL NUMBER TWO…Kyogo gets on the end of a Liel Abada cross to fire in the first of a hat-trick against Dundee on August 8.

GOAL NUMBER THREE…sit-down striker as Kyogo turns in a close-range effort against the Dens Park outfit.

GOAL NUMBER FOUR…Kyogo completes a terrific trio with a brilliant first-time effort as the Hoops romp to a 6-0 success. 

GOAL NUMBER FIVE…Kyogo is on the ground, but his flashing drive is on its way Kyogo stretches into the net past Hearts keeper Craig Gordon for the winner in the 3-2 Premier Sports League Cup quarter-final encounter at Parkhead on August 15.

GOAL NUMBER SIX…Kyogo stretches to knock a Tom Rogic left-wing cross into the AZ Alkmaar net to open the scoring in the 2-0 win on August 18.

GOAL NUMBER SEVEN…Kyogo is left unmarked as he thumps in what turned out to be the Europa League qualifying winner against the Dutch side on August 26.

GOAL NUMBER EIGHT…Kyogo, in his second comeback game after injury, chests in the opener in the team’s 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on October 3. David Bates gets a close-up view.

GOAL NUMBER NINE…Kyogo smashes in a low shot for the opening goal in the 2-0 Europa League Group G section triumph over Ferencvaros in Glasgow on October 19.

GOAL NUMBER TEN…Kyogo gets on the end of a Filipe Jota low cross to tuck Celtic’s third goal behind Hibs keeper Matt Macey in the 3-1 Premiership success on October 27.

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report from Celtic v Livingston this afternoon – only in your champion CQN.

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