Celtic put six past a hapless Dundee as Kyogo Furhashi scored a hattrick on his home debut in front of the returning Celtic fans. The Japanese international scored two of his goals from close range in the first half. He bagged his hattrick just before being replaced to a standing ovation from the 24,500 present in the stadium. His work rate off the ball was mighty impressive as he charged down any loose balls.
Furhashi could have bagged a couple more, such was the dominance shown by the hosts. Tom Rogic, Anthony Ralston and substitute Odsonne Edouard scored the remainder of the goals. After a difficult start to his regime, Ange Postecoglo’s side have scored 10 goals in their last two games. They were winless in the first three matches.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “It’s quite incredible, and he [Kyogo Furuhashi] could have probably had a couple more as well.” he added after his Celtic side beat Dundee. “I think people see what I’ve seen in him from the past three or four years. It’s not just his goals, it’s his movement and just his willingness to work. He closed down players, and I think if anything that buys you more into the kind of person he is, and I think the fans will appreciate that. It’s great getting the goals, but when they see his efforts in a defensive sense, they know he’s working for the shirt.”
Dundee boss James McPake: “I said before the game, to get anything at a venue like this, you have got to be on top of your game and hope Celtic have an off day.” he added. “We were nowhere near as good as we could be. To be fair to Celtic I thought they were excellent but my focus is on Dundee and defensively in particular, as a team, we were really poor.”