Touch wood – Ange praises phenomenal Kyogo for recent form

Ange Postecoglou has praised Kyogo for his impressive form in recent weeks. The striker has scored ten goals in as many games as he has dominated the striking berth at the club.

Speaking at the media conference ahead of the game against St Johnstone on Sunday, the manager was asked how good it is to have a prolific striker who is constantly available. Ange even knocked the desk in front of him as he ‘touched wood’ as not to curse his comments.

“He has been super. It is probably the one area where I do not rotate as much as I usually do. That is because of his physical output and there is no sign at the moment that he needs a break.

“His work rate is phenomenal and we are conscious that we do not want to overburden him at times like we did last season. I think he has now adapted to the football and schedule here.

“Having Oh in that area will help us as well. As Oh builds up his fitness we will have the option to make sure we do not overburden Kyogo. He has been outstanding from all aspects and I thought his game the other night was excellent.”

Celtic v Livingston – Kyogo Furuhashi scores the third goal of the game during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Wednesday February 1, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

Last season, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Kyogo shared the starting role in two parts of the season based on the fact that they were both injured at alternate times. Towards the end of last season, it appeared that Kyogo was preferred to the Greek striker and that has continued this season. The 28-year-old is set to leave the club for MLS side Atlanta.

Oh’s arrival will likely be to offer an alternative to Kyogo eventually; however, the Korean striker will certainly be considered the understudy to sensational Celtic’s No.8.

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