Kyogo’s Delight – Prolific Celtic striker loves scoring against the Rangers

Kyogo Furuhashi has been in red-hot form this season for Ange Postecoglou and his team. The small forward has really strutted his stuff and played his part in the Hoops having already bagged a League Cup trophy, sitting 12 points clear at the top of the league looking down on theRangers, and also on course to reach another Scottish Cup Final.

With another brace in a domestic final to win silverware, after his double last year against Hibs, Kyogo stayed true to form against theRangers last weekend to help sink Mick Beale’s men in the Scottish Premiership. It was another big step on our road to Two-in-a-row under the Greek-Aussie Postecoglou, and we are looking unbeatable at present.

 Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic reacts after the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and theRangers at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In the cold light of day, we weren’t at our best once again last Saturday afternoon, but we still looked to good for the other mob to upset in the grand scheme of things. It was abtoehr major psychological blow to Govan club and has saw heads roll in the aftermath of that one, as Ross Wilson left his post as Director of Football. The impact is being felt succinctly in the blue half of Glasgow and Kyogo was the man that has caused most of the pain.

It was another striking masterclass from the Japanese international and that display has left him two shy of 50 goals for the club. Speaking in an exclusive interview with the official website, he said of the game last week: “First of all, it is great that we got the result we wanted. I am glad that we were able to win this difficult game with everyone united by the wonderful support of our supporters, and I am happy that I could score two goals in that game.

Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates after scoring his first goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and theRangers at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Goals are special, and I am happy to score a goal like that in front of a big home crowd that makes everyone smile. As I always say, I am able to improve because I play with a great team, wonderful fans, and amazing staff. I am able to score goals because of the support of everyone, so I really want to thank everyone and I hope to score as many goals as possible in the future.”

On the goals themselves, Kyogo said: “I’m moving naturally and without thinking, and when Matt O’Riley broke through vertically with the ball I repositioned myself in a space where I could control the ball no matter where it came. I then composed myself, controlled the ball, and fired a shot. The shot went in beautifully so that was very nice.

Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and theRangers at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“When Jota was about to cross the ball (second goal), I was running around trying to get a good position in the area. The cross ball was blocked, but my thought afterwards was how I could take the shot after recovering the ball. Then the ball rolled to me at a really perfect moment, and I was happy to score.

“To be honest, I was hoping to get a shot at it if I had the chance,” Kyogo added about the prospect of a hat-trick, “but first of all, our priority is for the team to win. I work for the team and hope to get a chance in that circumstance. The whole place was filled with our fans and I was able to feel that our supporters were cheering us on from the bottom of their hearts.

“We conceded a goal but we still had chance to come back and we were confident that we could win if we could express what we always do on the pitch. I am glad that we were able to win in the end, and that came from the constant support of our supporters.’

“Achieving a result on such a big stage is a great confidence booster for both the team and for me as an individual. We still have few more games left for this season. I think we were able to win this derby at the right time so we will use this as a momentum to fight to the end of the season. Personally, I hope to continue scoring more goals for the team and the fans.”

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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