KYOGO FURUHASHI was sidelined after he pulled up with a hamstring injury on boxing day. He would then be forced to watch Celtic play from a distance for the next four months.

Returning to training during the international break, he completed his return from injury during Celtic’s 7-0 thrashing of St Johnstone. The striker scored his first goal since his comeback in Celtic’s next league game, opening the scoring in the Highlands on Sunday.

Talking to Celtic TV on Tuesday night, the striker talked in-depth about his return to action and opened up about his months out. He was frustrated he couldn’t be on the park chipping in with the goals but watching the team perform well comforted him. He revealed;

“Yes, that really motivated me seeing him having a good season. This team has great players so no matter who plays, we can play well with our manager with us. We only have a few games left and we should keep playing well and expressing our play on the pitch.

“All my teammates were talking to me to motivate me that I could come back to the pitch and I really appreciate that. I really appreciate the help of everybody.

“The fact I got injured, I felt a lot of frustration during my absence, because I couldn’t play with my teammates and it was very tough dealing with that feeling. But the team were playing really good. That gave me joy.”

Having Kyogo back for the final few games of the season is a boost for Postecoglou’s Celtic. However, the manager must now decide who gets the nod to lead the line on Sunday.

The derby could all but guarantee the league title will be returning to Paradise. Therefore his team selection must be spot on.


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