Ange Postecoglou put his diplomatic shield to one side when he was asked about the narrative of criticism developing towards Kyogo Furuhashi.
With 14 goals so far this season the striker has been a massive focal point for Celtic’s play but with that there has been growing scrutiny and criticism.
Pundits and social media outlets have highlighted certain incidents while conveniently overlooking what appeared to be a stomach grab on the hoops striker by John Souttar of Hearts.
Celtic fans have been looking for a response from the club on refereeing matters and the treatment of Kyogo on the park and in the media but most things at Celtic from scouting and transfer activity to PR strategy seem to fall on the broad shoulders of the club manager.
Fighting fire with fore Postecoglou refused to be drawn into arguments with ignorant people while sarcastically calling them out as brave warriors in their studio or lounge room.
There is a narrative of criticism developing around Kyogo?
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Who are these brave people? These warriors who are accusing people who are out there. Kyogo is the size of a jockey, he’s playing against guys nearly a foot taller than him. All these brave warriors on the outside, casting aspersions, are they?
I haven’t read it; I won’t read it. You know, you end up in arguments with ignorant people, you’ll eventually become one of them. I kind of ignore those narratives as you painted it.
I think that Kyogo has been great for our football club, he’s been great for Scottish football and I’d be surprised if anyone wouldn’t want somebody of his character and his playing ability in their club or in their league. Beyond that, mate as I said, good on all these brave soldiers sitting there in their studios or lounge rooms or wherever they are. Throwing these narratives across the bay.