By Noel Whelan

28th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Celtic set for 'huge' boost after 'massive' Furuhashi update - ex-striker

Kyogo Furuhashi’s return from injury after the international break will give Celtic a “huge” boost, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lavished praise on the 26-year-old Japan international striker, insisting Celtic will “raise their game” on his return.

As quoted by the Daily Record (September 24th), Ange Postecoglou confirmed Kyogo was “pushing hard” for a return after suffering a knee injury whilst on international duty.

However, the Australian did concede that a return before the October international break was virtually impossible.

This means the ex-Vissel Kobe star could make his return against Motherwell on October 16.

In the striker’s absence, Celtic have taken just four points from a potential nine – with Swiss striker Albian Ajeti leading the line.

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Whelan insists the Hoops could turn their poor form around with the confidence-boosting return of Kyogo.

“It’s huge, massive,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“You always miss a goalscorer, and he’s proven to be a really good signing.

“You need the different options, and he can provide that. He’s great inside the box, has great movement and he knows how to finish when the ball comes to him.

“He’s so clever about how he finds the space.

“Having players like him back will bolster the squad and can give confidence back to a team who may have lost a bit over the last month.

“When you have these types of players it will raise your game as a team.”

Celtic’s injuries have mounted in recent weeks, with eight first-teamers missing Sunday’s league match.

Kyogo, Georgios Giakoumakis, Greg Taylor, James Forrest, Christopher Jullien, Callum McGregor and Karamoko Dembele are all currently sidelined.

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