Kyogo Furuhashi’s ‘unbelievable’ lob earned the Japan international praise from St Mirren manager Steve Robinson after Scottish Premiership champions Celtic secured a 4-0 win at Parkhead on Wednesday night, via The Herald.
It was a goal made in Asia, scored in Glasgow.
Reo Hatate took possession in one of those trademark little pockets before slotting a through ball behind the St Mirren defence. But if Hatate was supplying the ingredients, he was still up to Kyogo to produce a finish to Michelin star standards.
And that did; an instinctive and resourceful chip that leaves Trevor Carson helplessly clinging to the air. The Celtic public was united in their eternal admiration for the Asian sensation Ange Postecoglou.
“The second goal is an incredible finish,” Robinson sighs. “Sometimes, you have to put your hands up. A wonderful goal.
“On the night, I thought Celtic were excellent. The movement from him was very, very good.”
Celtic hammer St Mirren with Kyogo Furuhashi scoring twice
Kyogo hadn’t finished either. His second of the night, a much simpler finish, finished off a surgical center from Jota, brought the striker’s tally to 17 in just 20 Premiership appearances. 18 in all competitions.
The £4.5m signing is now just two shy of his total from the entire 2021/22 campaign.
“We scored some really good goals and credit to the guys. It was a strong and disciplined performance,” Postecoglou tells Celtic TV; the reigning champions maintain their nine-point lead over Old Firm rivals Rangers.
“Kyogo’s finishing quality has always been there. And they were two signature goals for Kyogo.”
Furuhashi’s latest Hoops brace came after Liel Abada gave the dominating hosts a 15the minute ahead, volleying into the net after a goalmouth scramble. There was also a confidence shot from David Turnbull at the end. I yelled at him from 25 yards of him spreading the icing on a very tasty cake.
And if both of Kyogo’s goals were ‘trademark’ shots from Celtic’s number eight, the same could definitely be said of Turnbull’s first since November. Home-drilled with rhythm and panache from a distance; Turnbull’s calling card.
Meanwhile, Rangers survived a scare to beat Kilmarnock 3-2 at Rugby Park. Alfredo Morelos marked a return to form with two Ayrshire goals.
In other news, how much time does Declan Rice have left on his contract?