CELTIC boss Ange Postecoglou is spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting at attack-leader for the Champions League Group F meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw tomorrow night.

Top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi started on the substitutes’ bench with Giorgos Giakoumakis in pole position in the 3-0 reverse against Real Madrid at Parkhead a week ago.

The Japanese hitman, who netted 20 goals last season, replaced the Greek powerhouse, who claimed 17, in the 72nd minute, but is in line to be in at the kick-off in the Polish capital against the Ukrainians.

NET PROFIT…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates scoring Celtic’s opener in the 5-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Kyogo has now had a full week to rest the shoulder injury which saw him forced off after only four minutes in the champions’ 4-0 rout of Rangers in the east end of Glasgow. Ange Postecoglou obviously didn’t gamble on the pacy forward lasting the pace against the European champions.

Former Hoops skipper Tom Boyd said: “The manager has the luxury of two in-form strikers.

“Kyogo seems to be the number one choice and I think if he was fit enough he would have played. But we know the styles of both players, Kyogo a little bit sharper, but Giakoumakis also a goalscorer.

“It’s up to the rest of the players around them to supply them and they will get goals, no matter what.”

PICK IT OUT…Giorgos Giakoumakis turns away after claiming No.5 against Killie.

Boyd, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “Okay, Kyogo and Giakoumakis will not score every game and it will be more difficult against the European champions with the defenders they’ve got, but they will both score goals for Celtic.

“It’s about keeping them happy and playing like that, winning games and getting plaudits will keep everybody happy.”

Kyogo may get the green light to face the Ukrainians, who kicked off their Group F campaign with a shock 4-1 win over RB Leipzig in Germany with ex-Celt Marian Shved netting a double, but Carl Starfelt will be sidelined.

The Swedish international central defender has been ruled out for the remainder of the month after sustaining a knee injury against the Ibrox side and on-loan German Moritz Jenz will almost certainly again line up alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers in Warsaw.

* Tom Boyd was speaking at the launch of Mastermind, the autobiography of Wim Jansen who passed away in January at the age of 75. The Dutchman won the league title in his only season as Celtic manager in 1997-98.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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