Celtic defeated Rangers by a goal to nil at Ibrox on Sunday. Such a win took the Bhoys to the top of the cinch Premiership, and four points clear of their city rivals.

Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi proved once more to be the difference maker on derby day, the 28-year-old netting the sole goal of the game. Right on half-time, midfielder Matt O’Riley nodded through for the centre-forward who netted with conviction.

After the match, Hoops’ captain Callum McGregor spoke out and was full of praise for Kyogo, as anyone would be. He said (Glasgow Times): “What a finish! It was unbelievable. I said to him in there, ‘I think you are the best striker I’ve ever seen’. In the big moments, he is just ice cold. He showed his quality yet again and showed his importance to the club.”

Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Celtic – Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – September 3, 2023 Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi reacts REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Many Celtic fans have argued that Kyogo is the foremost striker the club has had since Henrik Larsson, and they are not wrong. Time and time again, the Japan international does it in the big games and Sunday was no different.

The praise he received from his captain was almighty yet deserved. He was the difference-maker in the end, although it is fair to say Kyogo missed a fair few opportunities. His captain touched on this: “I probably would have been (disappointed after missing two scoring chances in the first-half) but, again, in a big moment he makes up for it. He was excellent.”

Any other striker may not have helped Celtic to victory in the Glasgow Derby on Sunday. Kyogo, however, is continually reliable and now, has six goals in his last six appearances against Rangers.


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