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SOCCER | Kyogo Furuhashi Bags Brace in Scottish League Cup Final

Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi scores in the 44th and 56th minutes in Celtic FC's 2-1 win over Rangers, giving the storied club its 21st League Cup title.



Kyogo Furuhashi
Kyogo Furuhashi lifts the championship trophy after Celtic FC's win in the Scottish League Cup final in Glasgow on February 26. (Andrew Milligan/PA/via AP)

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Kyogo Furuhashi delivered a giant reminder on Sunday, February 26 of why Celtic FC wanted to sign him in 2021.

What happened? The talented striker hit his target twice in the Scottish League Cup final, lifting Celtic FC to a 2-1 triumph over Rangers in Glasgow.

Furuhashi, who leads the Scottish Premiership with 19 goals in 24 matches, scored the tourney finale's opening goal in the 44th minute.

Then the 28-year-old made it 2-0 in the 56th minute at Hampden Park.

"He is a superstar. I can't talk highly enough about him," Celtic captain Callum McGregor said of Furuhashi, according to The Associated Press.

Alfredo Morelos scored Rangers' lone goal in the 64th minute.

With Furuhashi supplying the offensive spark, Celtic FC, which was founded in 1877, won the Scottish League Cup for the 21st time.

Celtic FC manager Ange Postecoglou, who joined the storied franchise in the summer of 2021, noted that Furuhashi's execution ― producing two goals from close range ― determined the outcome of the match.


"It's a cup final and rarely will one side dominate, although I thought we were fantastic in terms of our football in such a big game with the atmosphere the way it was, we scored two excellent goals," Postecoglou was quoted as saying by the BBC.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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