Soccer Football - Scottish Premiership - Rangers vs Celtic - Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - January 2, 2023 Celtic's Kyogo Furuhashi after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Carl Starfelt has insisted that his Celtic side don’t need to worry about VAR as they have Kyogo Furuhashi in their team. 

Celtic are absolutely flying and one of the standout performers since the return after the World Cup had been Kyogo. 

He has scored seven goals in the last eight games which has so far taken him to 17 goals in the league. 

This weekend will mark three months since the introduction of VAR to Scottish football and although the league leaders have had plenty of issues with the technology, defender Starfelt believes that Kyogo will always be able to defy it. 

Kyogo struck twice against St Mirren during the midweek clash and although both goals had to be checked by the monitor, they were prime examples of the way the 28-year-old breaks the lines and times his runs to perfection which is very difficult for opposition teams to defend against. 

On a few occasions, the Swedish defender himself has admitted that he has thought that Kyogo was offside only for the replay to show that he is bang on. 

“It’s true. He got one the other day that looked offside but it turned out to be on. He times his run so well. It’s very hard to defend against,” said Starfelt as quoted by the Daily Record.

“There are times you think he must have been offside because he’s two metres ahead. But it’s just the timing of the run, that’s one of his strengths.

Kyogo
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“You see it in training. He has great timing and he’s really fast. It’s hard to play against but it’s also good, because it makes us defenders need to be really at it in training as well.”

When asked whether he believed that the former Vissel Kobe striker was the best in the country, Starfelt didn’t give too much away but simply pointed at his stats. 

“Obviously he’s been scoring a lot of goals, which is important for us. But he’s also helping the team massively defensively, by doing a lot of running.

“He’s having a very good season, like many other players. Obviously he’s been in really good form lately and it’s always important to have a striker in form.

“I don’t want to talk about that. He’s having a great season and scoring a lot of goals. He’s top scorer in the league, so what you make of that, I don’t know.”

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