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RIVAL’S ‘HEAD IS SPINNING’ AFTER KYOGO EXPERIENCE

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KYOGO FURUHASHI left an opponent in a spin as he fired in a double to take this season’s goal haul to 20 in the 5-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton at Parkhead.

Cappielow defender Jack Baird must have been delighted when Ange Postecoglou elected to give the pacy Japanese striker a break after the interval when he rejigged the line-up.

Sead Haksabanovic made a welcome appearance after injury problems and moved to a wide position while Daizen Maeda took a more central role in place of his countryman.

CUP THAT CHEERS…Kyogo Furuhashi lashes in Celtic’s fourth goal as he leaves the Morton defence helpless.

Captain Callum McGregor, who has played every game since the return of club football after the World Cup Finals in November, was also kept in at half-time with the champions four goals ahead which allowed the Hoops boss the opportunity to introduce new Bhoy Tomoki Iwata.

Although the hosts only netted one more goal – with Aaron Mooy competing a double – Postecoglou’s men had still been relentless as they rolled down on the Championship club’s defence.

Baird, who has played in the Premiership during his time at St Mirren, was impressed and said: “Kyogo is a really good player and you can see why he is playing at the top.

EAR, EAR…Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates taking his goal tally to 20 for the season.

“His movement is good, but sometimes he doesn’t get overly involved and then a minute later he is in the right place at the right time and scores twice.

“He is so hard to defend against. They have a lot of the ball and your head is spinning trying to find him to stop him.”

Baird, speaking to The Scotsman, added: “It is probably the best Celtic team I have ever played against. It was so tough and they never stop. The ball goes out of play and then it is straight back in again.

“You don’t get a chance to rest and get a breather. It was a tough afternoon for everyone. It is a good test for us and parts of it I enjoyed. It was a good experience, but, obviously, I didn’t like the result.”

David Turnbull sidefooted in the Hoops’ third goal in a similar manner to the 30-yarder he placed low in the St Mirren net in the 4-0 league victory at Parkhead in midweek.

There will be an action replay with the Paisley men after last night’s Scottish Cup fifth round draw at Hampden, as Scotzine reported.

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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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