With The Season About To Start, Which Celtic Star Will Rise Above The Rest?


Will It Be Kyogo Furuhashi?

The obvious one to start with is, of course, Kyogo Furuhashi.

The Japanese talisman has shown in pre-season what we already knew last season; he is a lethal finisher and an incredibly gifted technical football player.

When Kyogo signed, a bunch of folk posted YouTube clips of him, and to be honest they seemed, as a whole, too good to be true.

Then we saw him play and realised that all the things on those clips – the poise, the first touch, the awareness, the execution – were there and then some. He was exactly what those films advertised, and that is rare.

What a first campaign he had for us, and although injuries cut it shorter than we’d have liked and saw him miss crucial fixtures at crucial times he proved every time he was in the team what a player we have on our hands.

It is even more amazing to consider that he played half a Japanese league campaign before he even arrived at the club. It’s an awesome testament to his talents.

Now, Ange has a decision to make about whether Kyogo is our starting striker; most expect him to be. If he gets the full season under him there are few players in the country, and none outside Celtic Park, who will come close.

He could be the runaway winner. For many he’s the runaway favourite.

And yet this isn’t entirely in the bag.

Don’t get me wrong, if he’s injury free and plays the bulk of games he is going to be the guy everyone else has to beat … but we actually have players in this side whose own contributions will be just as critical.

Kyogo doesn’t have it wrapped up. Although he’s the guy most of us expects to be reigning supreme at the end of it all. A genuine superstar … watch him go with a proper summer behind him.

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  • MACDUNES1 says:

    Can’t argue with belief is our best player will be O Reilly ..what a debate to be having

  • Tom Foolery says:

    I Think Bernabei could be a real star but he seems like a bit of a thug at times. If he can control his thug side then i can see us all raving about him come May. I also think we could see Abada reach a new level this season…..unfortunately Ange has a soft spot for Maeda who, if we’re honest, isn’t that great. Jota at times is more interested in show boating. Hatate can’t seem to last 90 mins. Once he gets beyond the 65 minute mark he looks tired and constantly gives the ball away. CalMac will give his usual quality for the entire season. Turnbull, it seems, will be overlooked as a first pick which is a shame because given a full season injury free he could probably challenge the two strikers for top scorer. So my pick for the star man this season will be Kyogo. If the wee man gets into full flow he will be unstoppable.

  • Paul Sweeney says:

    History shows not many wingers win it, can’t see it being a striker as we no longer have to rely on them solely for goals,so wholeheartedly agree it will be one of any of the midfield. Injuries will no doubt have an impact on the outcome.fingers crossed.
    One thing not in doubt is the team of the year.hh

  • henry says:

    Going to go out on a limb here but I think Mooy might be the star man. Two footed, can pick a pass and score spectacular goals. Remind you of a certain Slovakian player that Dr Jo picked up for a song? Just a guess though.

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  • Gary Greer says:

    I believe that Reo has looked the sharpest in pre season but as you say it could be any one of 7 or 8 players but my top is big G Giakoumakis I think he will be top goal scorer with Kyogo not far behind I can’t wait to get to the game today COYBIG

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  • Johnny Green says:

    Too tough to predict.

  • SSMPM says:

    It could well come from a midfield player. If Guchi is allowed to play more by Ange and injuries I think its him or Reo. Outside choice and I’d love this to come to fruition, Stephen Welsh

  • Jamie Craig says:

    Kyogo if he stays injury free.

  • Jimmy R says:

    To be honest, I don’t give a s#@t. The cream will rise to the top and they will wear the hoops.

  • Chris says:

    Matt O’Riley for me.
    The new Tam Rogic.
    The lynchpin in midfield.
    And thats some going when you see the quality beside him.

  • Iain McColl says:

    I really rate Giorgos Giakoumakis. He will cause havoc amonst defences.

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