Kyogo took to social media after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk to share his gratitude after fulfilling a personal ambition to start in the Champions League. The centre-forward made his first start in a Champions League match wearing a Celtic jersey on Wednesday. He had failed to make the starting line-up in last week’s defeat to Real Madrid due to a shoulder injury he obtained in the opening minutes of the recent Glasgow Derby, which left Celtic as 4-0 winners five points clear at the top of the league, looking down on theRangers.
With the cancellation of last weekend’s Scottish Premiership fixtures due to the death of the Queen, Kyogo had plenty of recovery time to reclaimed his starting position from Giorgos Giakoumakis, who had performed admirably against the European Champions.
Kyogo played well in Warsaw, he injected his distinctive pace back into the Celtic attack but ultimately fell short of sticking the ball in the back of the net, even though he came nail-bitingly close in the first minute. After the match, he posted on Twitter to thank everyone who made his start in the Champions League possible. The striker, who yesterday was named alongside both Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate in the Japan squad for the upcoming friendlies, said…
“Yesterday was my first eleven debut in a Champions League match ever. Thanks to everyone who made that possible, I enjoyed every minute of it! We keep pushing.”
Yesterday was my first eleven debut in a Champions League match ever.
— Kyogo Furuhashi 古橋 亨梧 (@Kyogo_Furuhashi) September 15, 2022