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Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi returns to form in Livi win

Celtic maintained their excellent domestic form on Sunday lunchtime with Ange Postecoglou’s men overcoming a bogey ground for the Hoops in recent years.

Indeed, the Bhoys had only won one of their last six visits to the Tony Macaroni Arena before they defeated Livingston 3-0 today.

It was a comfortable victory as Celtic opened up their advantage at the top of the Premiership table to four points.

Greg Taylor was one of the stars of the show, as he picked up the official man of the match award on what was his 100th appearance for the club.

He notched the game’s second goal shortly after the interval, meaning he has now scored in consecutive matches after previously finding the net just once in his 181 career outings up to that point.

That said, the full-back wasn’t the only one to put in a convincing performance this weekend.

Part of the praise must go Kyogo Furuhashi’s way, as he swatted aside the doubters to rediscover his form.

The Japanese striker had been part of a big problem that saw Celtic struggle for goals in the Champions League with Postecoglou’s men failing to find the back of the net in Europe’s elite competition before Giorgos Giakoumakis scored against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.

Kyogo had looked toothless in that competition and with only two goals in his last ten matches prior to today, there was an easy case for his Greek teammate to be given the nod up top instead.

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However, calls for that may well stop after the win at Livi, with the former scoring a thunderous left-footed strike in the first half before the latter missed a penalty after coming off the bench.

The goal was classic Kyogo, as the forward peeled off the last man, darted in behind and then lashed the ball home.

It was an expertly taken strike with Sky Sports commentator, Ian Crocker, claiming it was a “masterclass in finishing” from the 27-year-old.

Few would argue against that, with the Japan international proving in his time at Celtic that he is a ruthless finisher. Today was his 29th in the famous green and white hoops and of all of those strikes, today was likely one of his most satisfying.

During his 80 minutes on the pitch, he didn’t see much possession, with just 25 touches and 15 passes, but all that mattered was the one that left his boot in the ninth minute.

It was a welcome return to form and one that he will be hoping has sent a message to Postecoglou and his critics – ‘doubt me at your peril’.

Immediately, Kyogo has gone from a player who should be dropped to someone who must now be one of the first names on the team sheet again.

His “world-class” movement, as hailed by Jota, has the potential to cause big danger for Real Madrid in a few days’ time.

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