Celtic are back in action away to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday evening, with the Old Firm outfit looking to maintain their stranglehold on their league title crown, having moved seven points clear at the summit following Saturday’s win over Dundee United.
That dramatic encounter saw the home side leave it late at Parkhead to secure all three points, ensuring that the slip-up against St Mirren back in September remains the Hoops’ only defeat on the domestic front so far this term.
Looking to bounce back from their midweek mauling at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League, Ange Postecoglou’s men were forced to rely on a late double from Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada to seal victory at the weekend, having been pegged back by Dylan Levitt’s strike with just minutes to play.
The goal from that man Kyogo was particularly crucial to help nudge the Bhoys ahead, with the Japanese international having served to remind both fans and pundits alike of his undoubted “quality“, in the words of journalist Sean Markus Clifford, with his impact off the bench.
The 27-year-old has endured some difficult spells so far this term in front of goal, with the European stage having perhaps proven too great a step up as the diminutive ace failed to score in any of his six group stage appearances, having again missed a key opening at the Bernabeu after firing straight at Thibaut Courtois.
Even amid those woes on the continent, the former Vissel Kobe man still remains a lethal presence domestically with his “world-class” movement – in the words of Jota – proving a nightmare for opposition defenders, having scored nine goals in just 11 top-flight games, including two in his last two league outings.
The £19k-per-week machine may well be hungry to prove a point having been left out of his nation’s World Cup squad last week, with this upcoming trip to Fir Park likely to offer the chance for the 5 foot 7 ace to further prove any doubters wrong.
The Steelmen may well be fearing coming up against Kyogo with the relentless forward boasting an impressive record against the club to date with four goals in just four meetings, including two goals in two games against Steven Hammell’s side already this season.
The hope for Postecoglou and co will be that the 16-cap sensation can terrorise Well once again tomorrow night…