‘I think we can beat them’ – Celtic star Kyogo Furuhashi bullish on Champions League chances despite Real Madrid threat

KYOGO FURUHASHI says Celtic can emulate Sheriff Tiraspol and beat Real Madrid.

The Moldovan minnows claimed a shock 2-1 Bernabeu win in last season’s Champions League group stage.

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Kyogo scored the opening goal against Hearts last weekend

Real went on to win the tournament but Hoops star Kyogo insists their Group F rivals aren’t invincible.

He said: “I think we can beat them. We have to express on the pitch what we have been working on.

“Through the way we play we can beat any team, so we just have to try and do it.

“There are a lot of equal opportunities for all the teams in the Champions League.

“We just believe in our football, our play, and we have good supporters, good staff and good team-mates.

“They’re all supporting us so we will work hard to get a good result.
“I was looking forward to playing Real Madrid and to also compete against RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk is a good group for me.

“This will be a good opportunity for the team — and for me as well — to grow.”

Kyogo will face Dundee United tomorrow but won’t be joined in the Celtic team by new signing Sead Haksabanovic.

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The Montenegro star completed his move from Rubin Kazan this week but will be given extra time to get up to speed.

Boss Ange Postecoglou said: “Sead is someone I have been tracking for a while and, with the unique circumstances he is in with his club, the opportunity arose.

“He’s only in his early 20s but he’s already got experience at club and international level. He can play a number of roles in the front half and he will fit in with the way we play our football.

“I held discussions with him and he has been determined to join the club.

“He has said this is where he wants to be, which is a good indicator for me he’s here for the right reasons.

“We’ll quickly get him up to speed and he will be a good asset for us.
“It’s hard to say how long it will take him.

“I don’t want to put a timeline on it as he hasn’t played a game for a while.

“He has been training individually for a while too, but he trained with the group this morning and we will track how he’s going.

“He’s keen to get going as quickly as possible and I am keen to get him involved.

“But we need to make sure enough work is done to put him in there.”

Postecoglou hopes to shift more fringe men out after Christopher Jullien’s exit to Montpellier.

And the manager is still in the market for one more signing.

He said: “We’ll stay active, there are a few days left and hopefully we’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Celtic will only receive 1,800 tickets for the Real Madrid clash because of construction work at the Bernabeu.

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