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Furuhashi Bags Hat-Trick on Home Debut as Celtic Pulverized Dundee

Kyogo Furuhashi continued his excellent start to life in Glasgow Celtic after he scored a hat-trick in his home debut on Sunday night. Hosting Dundee FC in the 2nd matchweek of the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season at Celtic Park, Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic showcased a textbook example of “Angeball” as they obliterated their opponents 6-0, with Furuhashi, Tom Rogic, Anthony Ralston and Odsonne Edouard among the scorers.

With Celtic having endured a difficult start to life underneath Ange, the Australian received full backing from the home supporters as he stepped into the Celtic Park pitch for the first time in the league. Most of the Celtic supporters’ anger and frustration were directed towards the boardroom whom they felt did not show their support for Ange enough.

Furuhashi eased those frustrations in the 20th minute. Having impressed the Celtic Park public with a couple of chances beforehand, the Japan international was fed excellently by Liel Abada before firing home past Adam Legzdins in the Dundee goal.

Five minutes later the former Vissel Kobe striker struck again, this time tapping home a Ryan Christie ball past Legzdins to double Celtic’s advantage.

Australia international Rogic made it 3-0 Celtic early into the second half, before Furuhashi completed his hat-trick after once again finishing off a Christie pass with a devastating finish into Legzdins’ bottom corner.

Furuhashi was deservedly given a hero’s send-off as Ange replaced him with Odsonne in the 68th minute, however Dundee’s nightmare continued despite the Japanese striker’s absence.

Ralston scored Celtic’s fifth of the night in the 84th minute, before Dundee saw themselves being reduced to 10 men in the closing stages of the match after Jordan Marshall had fouled Abada within the area, leaving the referee no choice but to give Marshall a red card and award Celtic a penalty.

Odsonne executed his spot-kick perfectly to round off the 6-0 rout.

Having being regarded highly by Spain legend Andres Iniesta, Furuhashi’s arrival to Celtic Park was met with some hype and his performance on Sunday night justified them and should Furuhashi retain his recent red-hot form, the former FC Gifu man should endear himself to the Celtic public sooner than later.