Celtic will be looking to continue their march towards the domestic treble this season as they play in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup today.
The Hoops face off against their arch-rivals in the clash at Hampden this afternoon as they compete for a place in the final of the competition.
Ange Postecoglou’s men have already secured the League Cup trophy this season and are currently six points clear at the top of the Premiership.
Their lead over Rangers in the league has put them in a terrific position to reclaim the title and they can now pile the misery on them with a win in this latest Old Firm matchup.
One change will be enforced upon the Australian head coach for this match as Gio Giakoumakis has been ruled out through injury.
This leaves a spot at the top end of the pitch and Kyogo Furuhashi must be unleashed from the start to take the Greek international’s place.
Ahead of the match, John Hartson has backed the forward to start: “I think he’ll be dying to get back on the scoresheet.
“He’s such an enthusiastic and quality player. What an impact he made before he got injured.”
This is not the first time the ex-Hoops striker has praised the Japan international, as he previously said:
“There is no doubt Celtic have landed someone quite special in Kyogo. His movement is outstanding.
“It was a pity he couldn’t get more involved against Rangers, but when he moved into the central role, he was an absolute menace to their defence.”
Postecoglou must heed his advice and start the centre-forward as he proved earlier in the season that he has a keen eye for goal. He has found the back of the net 16 times in 27 matches for the club in all competitions, including eight goals in 12 cup matches in the Europa League and League Cup.
Kyogo has also delivered 1.1 key passes per game and created four ‘big chances’ in the Premiership, which shows that he is able to link up the play and create openings for his teammates as well as scoring the goals.
This shows that he has the quality to be the difference-maker in this Old Firm clash. He has the ability to score goals at this level and will be able to punish Rangers if the Celtic midfield are able to provide him with the service he needs to do his damage in the final third.