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“Ange was like my Dad” – Kyogo Heaps Praise on Former Celtic Boss




Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has heaped praise on his former boss Ange Postecoglou.

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Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Rangers – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – April 8, 2023 Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Japanese frontman is back in his homeland visiting his old club Vissel Kobe, who are due to take on Postecoglou’s Spurs in a pre-season friendly later this month.

Kyogo was speaking in a J. League interview when he touched on Postecoglou.

“Ange was like my dad to me”, he said (J. League as translated by @yataoda4 on X).

“He always thought about our team, and treated each of us as if we were a family. And whenever I talk to Ange about something, he always said to me, ‘It’s okay if you can play your own way with confidence’, so I was able to have confidence.

“I was able to work with him for only 2 years, but thanks to him, I was able to evolve various parts of me, so now I’m feeling that it was a wonderful 2 years.”

Kyogo’s was in the form of his life under Postecoglou. Particularly in the Aussie’s second season in charge of the Hoops, the striker excelled, scoring 35 goals across all comPetitions.

His performances since Brendan Rodgers’ appointment as manager have taken a dip, but he remains key for his side; the 29-year-old was the only player to have turned out in every Game for the Hoops last season.

There have been murmurs of a potential Parkhead exit for Kyogo this summer, but he assertively quietened them a few weeks ago.

The transfer market always throws up surprises, but one assumes Rodgers and Co will be eager to keep the centre-forward around.