By Noel Whelan

6th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

Celtic in line for major boost after statement confirms Furuhashi twist - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Celtic can “reap the benefits” of Kyogo Furuhashi’s call-up to the Japan national side.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the international break could spark the 26-year-old back into life after his injury layoff.

On Friday (October 1st), Japanese football expert Sean Carroll shared a press release from the Japanese FA confirming Kyogo would be part of the squad to face Australia and Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualifying.

The Celtic star was not originally named among the Japan squad.

The hitman has only just returned to action for Celtic following a knee injury sustained while away with his country in September.

Kyogo scored the opener during the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Aberdeen on Sunday.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Whelan suggested Kyogo could return to Parkhead in finer fettle after gaining some much-needed match sharpness with Japan.

“One thing that you have to do if you are manager of a domestic team is maintain contact with international managers. You have to talk,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“You’ve got to communicate about players and where they are injury-wise and what they may need – it’s reassuring to know they’re being looked after.

“Sometimes it’s nice to have that separation from your domestic football to go away with your international side. It can work differently for a player mentally.

“International football can spark you back into life as well as giving you the training you will need.

“He will absolutely get a bit of match sharpness from the experience, and Celtic can reap the benefits of that.

“If Japan are successful and are winning games and Kyogo is scoring goals, he can take that back into his domestic football.

“Celtic will be crossing their fingers that he comes back in better shape than he left.”

In other news, pundit delivers Postecoglou “worried” verdict.