Despite recent fitness issues, Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi has admitted he was adamant that he would play his part in Sunday’s league cup final victory.
The Japanese frontman picked up a knock in the Hoops final European fixture against Real Betis, and supporters were left sweating over whether he would be fit and available in time for the weekend.
However, speaking in the aftermath of his critical contributions to the game, including two brilliant goals to win the game, the 26-year old has admitted that nothing was stopping him from taking part in the showpiece fixture.
“I wasn’t 100 per cent going into the match after the injury, but I just had to play. I had to,” he said, as quoted by Glasgow Live.
“I could not miss it. I knew what an important match it was for us all, and I wanted to be part of it and give as much as I could.
“The atmosphere was so good, and it was a joy to play out there in such a big match in front of a full crowd, it really was something special and one of the great moments of my career so far – but I hope, of course, there are some more days like this.”
Celtic fans and players alike all know the impact which Kyogo has had since joining the club in the summer. So, it was a huge boost to see him involved from the start yesterday afternoon.
It also goes to show how much of a team player he is, being adamant that he would play his part alongside his fellow teammates in order to give Ange Postecoglou’s side the best possible chance of lifting the trophy.
Thankfully, it looks like Kyogo has also come away from yesterdays game without any further knocks. But more importantly, scoring the two winning goals and playing his part in lifting a trophy is more than deserved, given his impact since joining the club.