Sport Watch Kyogo Furuhashi turn Celtic cheerleader as he draws big smiles from Hoops teammates in warm up routine
Kyogo Furuhashi spell on Celtic sidelines to last 'a month' after Japan injury scare
The worst case scenario appears to have been avoided but losing the top scorer for an expected seven games is far from ideal. The Japan forward suffered a knee problem during the World Cup 2022 qualifier against China, which his side would go on to win 1-0.
Celtic strikeris clearly a popular man inside the Hoops dressing room as his pre-match routine showed ahead of the 3-0 Premier Sports Cup win over Raith Rovers.
Afterput the squad through their paces during the warm-up they headed for the tunnel for some final preparations before sealing their place at Hampden in the comfortable win.
And a familiar face greeted every single member of the squad at the dugouts as popular striker Furuhashi, who remains out of action through injury, made sure he bumped fists with every first-team star on their way off.
The Hoops are hoping they'll emerge from a tough patch all right and that the win over John McGlynn's men will prove something of a turning point.
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Postecoglou must consider handing a debut to Giorgos Giakoumakis when Celtic face Ross County.The midfielder turned in a performance to savour for his country as the Hoops hero gave Scotland an excellent chance of qualifying for the World Cup.
Top scorer Furuhashi's presence at the side seemed to give his team-mates a massive lift as they made their way into the dressing room.
Most players and coaches perked up and cracked a big smile as the Japan international dapped them up, with Gavin Strachan giving him a particularly warm embrace.
Postecoglou will hope his star summer signing can return soon with some big games on the horizon.
Two hometies against Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencvaros are approaching along with big Premiership clashes against Dundee United, Aberdeen and Motherwell.
Furuhashi was given a timeline of three to four weeks when he was crocked on international duty in the Far East but already has been pictured doing some light running duringtraining at Lennoxtown.
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