Former Celtic star Chirs Sutton believes that Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers needs Kyogo Furuhashi on song for the game against Rangers.


Last season, the 28-year-old Japanese forward netted 27 goals in 36 league games under Ange Postecoglou to help Celtic win the Scottish Premiership.


However, in the ongoing campaign, Kyogo has only managed to score seven times under new boss Rodgers and has scored only once in his last seven league appearances.




Sutton believes that Rodgers will need the Japanese forward on the top of his game on Saturday against Rangers and he stressed that Celtic players must provide the right service to Kyogo.


The former Hoops star believes that Rangers will try to dominate the game at Parkhead, which might give the Celtic forward room to exploit the Gers.



“It’s going to be a balancing act for Rodgers and, whatever he decides, he needs Kyogo on song”, Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column.


“In fairness, it could be an ideal game for him as, generally, opposition teams sit deep against Celtic in the domestic game looking to choke off space.



“But Rangers won’t be defensive.


“They’ll want to dominate the ball themselves and be on the front foot, which may open a bit of room for the home team to exploit.


“The Celtic striker doesn’t have anything to prove, but Celtic have to get the service right into their main weapon and, if they do, he can be their Old Firm matchwinner yet again.”


Celtic won their last encounter with Rangers 1-0 and Kyogo was the one who scored the winning goal for the Bhoys in that game.