“His goal and assist were sensational, he’s lethal in front of goal,” Brendan Rodgers on Kyogo

Brendan Rodgers spoke to Sky Sports Scotland after his team’s 3-0 victory over Dundee this afternoon and couldn’t praise his striker, Kyogo Furuhashi enough.The Japan international was a class act once again for the Hoops today and he managed to get on the scoresheet after his Ibrox heroics at the beginning of the month.

It was a long wait for the supporters to see their team in action again after the international break, following the euphoria of beating the other mob at Ibrox on the 3 September, but it was well worth it when the players finally took to the field and returned to Scottish Premiership duties. Despite the excitement for the return, the game started very slowly and the pace was way off what it should have been.

Celtic v Dundee  – Kyogo Furuhashi is congratulated by Matt O Riley after scoring the second goal during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park,Saturday September 16, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

That was corrected in the second forty-five and we eventually ran all over Dundee before the end of the game. A David Turnbull penalty opened the scoring and then Matt O’Riley added a second to keep his goalscoring form going this year. But the pick of the bunch was from Kyogo Furuhashi who scored a Larsson-esque header following a beautiful floated ball from his captain, Callum McGregor, to put us home and dry.

The manager couldn’t have been more complimentary of the Japan star’s talents in front of goal after a recent ruthless spell. He said of Kyogo: “His goal and assist were sensational. It is what he does – he’s lethal in front of goal!”, whilst he also reserved a mention for Matty O’Riley for his wonderful positional play and how well he took his own goal this afternoon.

Watch the manager give his thoughts on the performance today below…

Paul Gillespie

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