By Alan Hutton

5th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Scottish Pundit: Celtic have 'massive' Furuhashi 'problem' after what I've seen

Alan Hutton has claimed Celtic have become too reliant on Kyogo Furuhashi this season.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old is “massive” to everything the Hoops do in attack.

Furuhashi made his first league start in four games in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

The Japan international chested David Turnbull’s cross into the net to open the scoring.

He missed a handful of games due to a knee injury picked up on international duty.

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

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Hutton admitted he does not think Celtic can afford to lose the summer signing again.

Asked if he thought Celtic had become too reliant on Furuhashi, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, I think so.

“I think we’ve seen when he’s out injured there’s that thing of: ‘Right, what do we do now? What plan are we going for?’

“Ajeti and people like that have come in. They have scored goals but have not been that figure where you think: ‘Right, you’re going to turn this game on its head.’

“Obviously, Kyogo coming back in has made a massive difference for them.

“I think with Kyogo, whenever he’s on the pitch, you think something could happen. He’s got that little bit of magic, he could a game in an instant.

“His finish was outstanding. To chest it into the goal, back post, unbelievable. That’s what he’s capable of.

“That’s probably the one problem I see right at this moment at time. If he was to get injured or miss games over any period of time, I think Celtic might struggle without him.”

Furuhashi has netted eight times in 11 appearances for the Bhoys to date.

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