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Matt O’Riley raves about Celtic teammate Kyogo Furuhashi

Matt O’Riley has showered heaps of praise on Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi. 

The 28-year-old Japanese striker has been outstanding for the Bhoys since joining the club in 2021. He scored 34 goals in all competitions last season and has managed seven goals already.

O’Riley and Furuhashi have struck a telepathic understanding on the pitch, and he mostly provides assist for him.

After Celtic won 6-0 against Aberdeen last week, O’Riley has hailed Furuhashi as a “top class” player, adding he is the best striker the club have at the moment.

O’Riley produced another assist for the Japan international against the Dons for the second goal. It was a perfectly timed-run from him and all Kyogo needed to do was a gentle tap in.

“He’s a nice man! Me and him have a really good relationship on the pitch and probably 70 per cent of the assists for Celtic have been for him. That shows how good he is to play with and how easy is to play with him,” said O’Riley, as quoted by the Daily Record (page 50).

“His movement’s top class. I actually think we need to use his runs a bit more because his movement’s so good.

“He deserves the ball to be given to him because he works hard to create the space for himself. We need to keep utilising him because he’s our best goalscorer.”

Kyogo is a fantastic striker and his movement on the pitch makes a lot of difference. Riley is spot on that Kyogo is so good upfront that Celtic can squeeze even more goals out of their talisman.

After a disappointing defeat against Atletico Madrid, the Hoops needed a strong response. Brendan Rodgers vowed that his side won’t suffer any hangover, and we saw the same on the pitch on Sunday.

While Celtic have been absolutely ruthless in the Scottish Premiership, one wonders why they are badly struggling to compete against the big boys in the Champions League. Rodgers should be expecting better performance in their next two European games.

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