It was a pulsating atmosphere inside Celtic Park as the home side won 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off against AZ Alkmaar.
With 12 minutes gone, new signing Kyogo Furuhashi found the back of the net once again with an acrobatic effort after Tom Rogic had crossed a beauty in the box from the left flank.
The Bhoys celebrated their fifth win in a row as James Forrest scored the second goal of the night just after the hour mark to put Celtic in a strong position going into the tie.
The Japanese forward has taken next to no time in settling down with the Glasgow-based side as this was his 6th goal in as many games for the Hoops.
Here’s how Twitter reacted –
Like witnessing the beginning of a new era
Tam trappin a bag of cement and Kyogo doin his thing pic.twitter.com/jLpTTxfkiN— Tam sellic son (@TamsellicsonIII) August 18, 2021
🇯🇵 | Kyogo Furuhashi— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) August 18, 2021
A goal scored every 60 minutes of football he’s played since joining Celtic.
The Manga Messi 👑 pic.twitter.com/2QeeZgHR7x
Baffling that Kyogo was still playing in Japan at 26, and that no club in Europe had taken a punt on him. I’m so glad they didn’t.— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) August 18, 2021
A force of nature
Kyogo is like what happens when u set your guy with all 99 stats— Ross (@RossTraynor67) August 18, 2021
Henrik comparisons abound
The kind of player we have missed at Celtic since Larsson but it is still early days, how he reacts to a more psychical game will show his worth.— Sid (@SidCunn) August 18, 2021
I can’t think of any new signing that I would rate higher. Even our king of kings Henrik Larsson in his first season didn’t look as good as this new bhoy ❤️— Bhoy.In.SanFrancisco🍀 (@Bhoy_in_LA) August 18, 2021
Kyogo before family
Very highly,I have put my 2 kids up for adoption and applied for custody of Kyogo— Car*d bhoy in Dublin (@Gmck_73) August 18, 2021
From the mouth of a football legend
Nuff said…— ☯CarlJungleBhoy❋ (@CarlJungleBhoy) August 18, 2021
“He absolutely has the talent to play in Europe. He’s got strong technique, and I believe he can succeed.” The words of no less an authority than Andres Iniesta, the legendary ex-Barcelona midfielder who played alongside Furuhashi at Vissel Kobe. pic.twitter.com/H5ifPIv8ze
The positions that kyogo gets into lana wolf can only dream off— 🏴🇮🇪🏴MARTY 💚🤍🧡 (@Martybhoy15) August 19, 2021