In a brilliant scene that captured the hearts of Celtic fans, the effervescent striker Kyogo Furuhashi was awarded the Man of the Match accolade in the usual setting of Celtic Park’s Number Seven restaurant.
The humble expression on Kyogo’s face as he received his well-deserved award shows how much the player appreciated the adulation he receives.
Surrounded by Hoops supporters in the hospitality suite his connection with the fans has reached an almost mythical level. His contributions to the club since moving to Glasgow had many saying Kyogo’s the best since Larsson.
As for the match itself, Celtic solidified their leading position in the Scottish Premiership with a decisive 3-0 victory over Dundee. Although the first half remained goalless, it was the David Turnbull who drew first blood, converting a penalty after being tripped just inside the box.
It was Kyogo Furuhashi, however, who stole the show, scoring with a superb header and later providing a silky assist for Matt O’Riley to seal the win. Celtic’s command over the game was almost absolute; Joe Hart’s remarkable save against Dundee’s Luke McCowan was the only blemish on an otherwise impenetrable defence.
The Hoops debuted Nat Phillips, Luis Palma, and Paulo Bernardo, while Reo Hatate marked his comeback from injury.
Brendan Rodgers heaped praises on the fans and his team, underscoring the importance of collective spirit in securing the win. “Everyone gets their reward at the end just by staying patient and staying together. It was really pleasing,” he told Sky Sports.