Yesterday, I read a great set of stats on how Kyogo Furuhashi is on course to be one of the fastest players ever to hit 50 goals for our club. A guy did an amazing piece of internet research to find out who the players who have, since 1996-97, done it before the end of their second season and that’s only two players on that timeline. A few have been close.
This, of course, is amazing.
Celtic needs to be focussed on making sure that he is here to score 100. If he stays beyond next season I am certain that we will watch him do it in near record time. He is definitely the best striker we’ve had here since The King of Kings, and he does it when it matters. Cup finals, games against the other lot, at massive moments which change matches.
I always thought Edouard would hit 100. I knew for a fact that if we kept Dembele here for long enough he was going to smash it.
Right now Kyogo is on 48 goals. On the timeline in question, the record is actually held at the moment by Gary Hooper on 51. Scott McDonald is second on 50. Hartson had 49. Dembele is tied with Kyogo on 48 … but Kyogo has many more games to go to get over the line and beat Hooper’s score. And I think he’s going to do it.
For context, Henrik was on 45 goals at the end of his second season. He went, of course, to score 242 goals for our club … Kyogo won’t get to that but he can get 100 and then see where he ends up. 150 is certainly not out of reach, a milestone in itself.
Only ten players in our history have hit that goal tally. Ten. Thirty have scored 100 but 150 goals is a very big achievement indeed, and the little guy is more than good for it.
But 50 first and then that 100, and he’ll get there is the club holds onto him. That’s the real issue here. That’s where the focus of all those in the background should be.