By Alex McLeish

8th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Celtic sweating over Furuhashi after what I've seen at Parkhead - McLeish

Alex McLeish has claimed Celtic have become too reliant on summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi already.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss claimed the Hoops would be “hurting” if they lost the 26-year-old for any length of time again.

The Japan international made a goal-scoring return to league action against Aberdeen after missing a handful of games due to a knee injury

Celtic won just one of their three Premiership games without Furuhashi.

He is the Bhoys’ top scorer this season, with eight goals from 11 appearances.

McLeish heralded the striker’s performance, most notably his movement, against Aberdeen.

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The former manager admitted no other Celtic forward had demonstrated the ability to fill the hitman’s boots if he is missing.

Asked if the Hoops had become too reliant on Furuhashi, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You can honestly say yes. He’s full of energy, he’s full of movement.

“His movement for the first goal was brilliant. We’ve seen him do that in previous games. It looks as if he can spot space and he’ll run into it.

“If the other Celtic players can spot he’s also doing that, like the cross for the goal, it’s great.

“It was an easy cross and Kyogo, his movement in there was too good for the defender. That is a feature of that guy’s play.

“Right at this moment, Celtic will be hurting, if they don’t have him in the starting lineup.

“Someone else will have to step up to the plate, but we’ve yet to see that.”

Celtic’s other strikers include the likes of Albian Ajeti and summer signing Georgios Giakoumakis.

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