Celtic had a major task on their hands last season when they had to replace Odsonne Edouard who wanted to leave the club.

Eddy would get his move to Crystal Palace in the final days of the window and by the time he left the building, the club had already found his successor.

Kyogo Furuhashi came into Celtic with a bang and immediately picked up the torch Edouard dropped on his way out. The man from Japan was in such hot form in the first half of the season, supporters forgot all about the Frenchman.

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Kyogo went down with an injury that would see the Japanese striker miss the majority of the second half of the season – but his impact was immense.

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald believes a fully fit Kyogo could be a game changer.

McDonald told Celtic TV: “I’m excited to see what Kyogo is going to bring this season because we only saw a half-a-year.

“So, if we can see a fully-fledged, fully-fit Kyogo in the next season, my goodness!

“He was certainly on his way to, 30-plus goals and being probably Player of the Season even in that short space of time that he’d had at beginning of the season and winning the League Cup for Celtic,”

McDonald added on Celtic’s other prolific striker: “I really like Giakouamkis.

“He just wants goals. He talks about the end of the season and not finishing (the club’s) top scorer and being disappointed by that.

“He’s just hungry.”

Kyogo and Giakoumakis

Both had their injuries last season but the pair were still able to influence the season in a huge way. Giakoumakis picked up the pieces when Kyogo went down with his injury and became a Celtic hero in his own right.

Going into the new season – having both fully fit would be an incredible boost. Ange knows he could trust either of these players on any given day.

If they can both stay clear from injury – I’d expect more goals this season.


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