Chris Sutton believes that Kyogo Furuhashi is a better player than Giorgos Giakoumakis but would start with the Greek striker in tomorrow’s Derby match although he expects Ange Postecoglou to start with the former Vissel Kobe striker!
There is complicated logic to the case that Sutton makes just two weeks after neither was available to start in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.
Postecoglou dropped a hint that he could start with both of his main strikers but that would either require a new shape or someone playing out of position with a specialist wide player making way.
It is a very decent situation for a Celtic manager to be in, for most of the three seasons before Postecoglou arrived Odsonne Edouard was the only viable striking option but with the 21/22 season reaching its final stages the Celtic manager can think over a couple of very effective options.
In his Daily Record column, Sutton explains:
Postecoglou admits he got it wrong playing Kyogo wide in the first meeting of the season at Ibrox, he likes Maeda and Jota was back towards his best against County last weekend after a quiet spell.
Rangers had to put in some hard yards in Leipzig on Thursday, so having Giakoumakis and Maeda working the Rangers backline for an hour with an eager Kyogo to come on to run at tiring legs in the final stages of the game is an option.
Hand on heart, I actually think Postecoglou will start with Kyogo.
Given the impact he’s had at Celtic and with more minutes in his legs since Hampden, the Japanese could turn it on and torture Rangers.
Let’s get this clear, I’m a massive fan of Kyogo and, against most opposition, I’d probably pick him ahead of the Greek but I’m just taking the evidence of the last three Old Firm matches into my thinking.
It’s a huge opportunity for Celtic. A clean sheet will ensure a draw and leave them needing just one win from the last three games to clinch the title.
All will be revealed at 10.45am tomorrow, the only certainty is that both strikers will feature at some stage as Celtic chase down the SPFL Premiership title.