Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has revealed Kyogo Furuhashi was fit and firing at Lennoxtown before Sunday’s win, ultimately deciding the Hoops could win without risking their star man.
The Lowdown: Celtic seal priceless win
The Hoops visited their biggest rivals on Sunday afternoon looking to go six points clear at the top of the table.
It didn’t look like that would be the case when Aaron Ramsey fired Rangers in front early on, but goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers earned Celtic a huge and deserved three points.
They did it without Furuhashi, too, with the Japanese starlet having only just recovered from a long-term hamstring issue.
The Latest: Ange provides Kyogo boost
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game (via Republic of Football), Postecoglou confirmed that the forward is now fit, even trying to persuade his manager to use him during sessions at Lennoxtown:
“I thought today we could handle it without him. He popped up everywhere in front of me at Lennoxtown to remind he was fit.”
The Verdict: What a day
It was a memorable three points for Celtic and this news is an added bonus, suggesting Furuhashi is now ready to play a prominent role between now and the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has scored eight goals in 12 league starts in 2021/22 to date, and while he may take time to find his rhythm having not featured in 2022, it shouldn’t be long until he is a regular again, ranking as one of the best eight players in the squad this term (Whoscored).
With Celtic battling in both the league and the Scottish Cup, opportunities should certainly come Furuhashi’s way, even if they come from the bench initially.
In other news, Ally McCoist slammed one player in the Rangers-Celtic clash. Find out who it is here.
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