By Frank McAvennie

1st Oct, 2021 | 10:00am

McAvennie tells Furuhashi 'get your head straight' as Celtic chief makes 'bizarre' claim

Frank McAvennie hopes Kyogo Furuhashi goes on international duty with Japan after making a surprise return for Celtic on Thursday night.

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to Ange Postecoglou’s claim that the striker will not go on international duty.

On 29 September, Postecoglou revealed Furuhashi has been selected in the most recent Japan squad.

However, the same day, Reuters reported Furuhashi remains injured and has not been called up for the next round of international games.

Neither Postecoglou, Furuhashi or the club have cleared up the situation as it remains to be seen where the striker will spend the next two weeks.

He had been sidelined after picking up an injury during the last international break but made his return after a month on the sidelines by playing 74 minutes of the 4-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

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McAvennie wants Furuhashi to go away with Japan and recover his fitness ahead of the rest of the season.

“I hope he goes,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It will do him the world of good to get over there. Go and see your pals, get your head straight.

“The travel won’t be an issue. They all travel first class, it’s not like how I used to travel back in the day, let me tell you.

“I have no problem with him going away to be honest with you. If he does play then it means he’s getting fit with Japan.

“So when he comes back to Celtic he could be fully fit. That would be ideal.

“The only strange thing is the mixed messages, that’s bizarre. I’m really not sure what’s happened there.”

Furuhashi scored seven goals in nine total outings since joining from Vissel Kobe.

The Hoops have only won one game since he picked up his injury.

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