The life of a striker is strange as you don’t have to be involved much, but you must take your chances when they come and that is exactly what Kyogo Furuhashi did in Celtic’s 2-1 Scottish League Cup final win over Hibernian. As a result, the Hoops secured the first piece of silverware up for grabs this season and also ended their trophy drought, having finishing without one in the previous campaign.
Not just did Kyogo take those two chances and score an iconic brace, but his movement off the ball was instrumental in creating those two chances as well. And it is safe to say that he is now in the history books.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Kyogo has now scored 16 times in 25 appearances for Celtic this season. Impressive numbers for a player in his first season in Europe.
While the rapid rise of Kyogo has surprised many, it hasn’t come as a shock to former Celtic star, Paddy McCourt. In fact, he had predicted it back in August. He tweeted out:
McCourt predicted Kyogo’s rise at Celtic back in August
As reported by The Sunday Post, McCourt had said back in August:
“It’s obvious the club has signed a breathtaking talent.
“I don’t think I’ve been as excited about a Celtic player, as I am about him, in a long, long time.
“The club bought him for around £4m. I’d say he’ll be worth in the region of £25-30m mark in less than two years.”
It is safe to say that Kyogo has been showing his worth to the club throughout the season and came up with his two most important goals for Celtic in the final against Hibernian.
After going down a goal, the Hoops equalised immediately as Kyogo got in behind the Hibernian defence and then made no mistake with the finish to make it 1-1.
For the second goal, it was a combination of another run behind the Hibernian back line from Kyogo and a beautiful ball from Tom Rogic. The finish was simply world class. And it was enough to seal the win and the League Cup for Celtic.
And it is safe to say that McCourt was absolutely right with his prediction as Kyogo is proving to be a superstar for Celtic.
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