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Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi was an Old Firm passenger

Celtic’s title party at Parkhead was delayed as they were held to a 1-1 draw by their rivals in the Premiership on Sunday.

Ange Postecoglou’s men were wasteful in front of goal as they missed numerous opportunities to take the game away from the opposition.

Jota gave the Hoops the lead as he snuck in ahead of Borna Barisic at the back post to tuck in a cross from Daizen Maeda, but they failed to build on their advantage.

Maeda went on to miss two glorious chances to make it 2-0 and Jota also spurned a good opening as he sent a header flying over the bar.

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They were then punished for their lack of a clinical edge as Fashion Sakala rifled in an equaliser for Rangers with a terrific strike past Joe Hart.

Whilst the likes of Jota, Carl Starfelt and Callum McGregor impressed for the home side, there were some poor performers for Celtic. One player who was a passenger throughout the game was Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi.

The attacker, who only recently returned from injury, was nowhere near good enough as he struggled to make a positive impact for the Hoops on and off the ball.

Out of possession, he was a lightweight. As per SofaScore, he lost four of his six individual duels and made just one tackle, whilst failing to make a single clearance, interception or block. Of course, he was not expected to be winning the ball back consistently from the number nine position but he did not put himself about enough to cut out Rangers attacks.

His weak play off the ball was coupled with his lack of involvement on it. Via SofaScore, he had fewer touches (15) than Joe Hart (52) and completed just four passes in 61 minutes – one every 15 minutes, roughly, of game time. He came off with a pass success rate of 40% and he also failed to register a single key pass or shot on target, showing that he made virtually no impact at the top end of the pitch.

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These dreadful statistics show that he was a passenger for Postecoglou, who was right to take him off on the hour mark, and Kyogo will surely be disappointed with his own display.

Hopefully, he will be able to shake off this display and have a strong end to the season so that he can head into the summer on a high.

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