By Frank McAvennie

3rd Nov, 2021 | 8:30pm

McAvennie makes 'leaky' Hoops claim after 'being at Celtic Park'

Frank McAvennie is backing Kyogo Furuhashi to make the difference when Celtic play Ferencvaros on Thursday.

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, wants to see the striker played through the middle.

Furuhashi, 26, has been deployed as a right-winger for Celtic in recent games, despite scoring all of his 10 goals while playing as a striker.

This has been to accommodate summer signing Georgios Giakoumakis who has finally found his fitness.

On Wednesday (3 November) Ange Postecoglou told the Daily Record Carl Starfelt will miss Thursday’s game through injury.

The defender went off in Saturday’s game over Livingston and McAvennie insists this causes a big problem for the Hoops.

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He claims Furuhashi will have to make the difference at the other end of the pitch if Celtic are to take anything from the game.

“Celtic are going to have problems without Starfelt so we need to be good in attack,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I’ve been at Celtic Park two weeks ago for the game. It was a good performance but they [Ferencvaros] still created a few chances.

“I know their defence isn’t all that. I really think it’s going to be Kyogo’s game.

“If we can get them on the back foot, Kyogo gives us that movement in attack.

“His attacking movement is exceptional. Their defence is leaky. We saw how one ball over the top was so effective last time.

“Play Kyogo through the middle and he can cause serious problems for Ferencvaros.”

Celtic beat Ferencvaros 2-0 in last month’s reverse fixtures.

Furuhashi’s strike and an own goal from Balint Vecsei proved to be the difference at Parkhead.

In other news, this pundit claims a “top-quality” signing will be first through the door at Celtic in January.