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Kris Boyd says he would have Celtic Invincible over Kyogo ‘all day long’

This is a debate I didn’t expect to be honest. When talking Celtic strikers recently all the comparisons that have been getting made is whether or not Kyogo is the best striker since Henrik Larsson.

Celtic fans have been discussing this over the past few weeks as the Japanese striker threatened to break the 40 goal barrier for the club.

But Kris Boyd has taken the debate in a different direction.

As Ange Postecoglou’s side look to break the league points total set by Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, the Sky Sports pundit has been comparing our Japanese striker to Frenchman, Moussa Dembele

Writing in his column in The Sun, Boyd said, “The No 1 position on the pitch is, and always will be, your striker.

“There is no doubt for me that Moussa Dembele is a more talented footballer than Kyogo Furuhashi.

“Yes, they have two different styles of play and I’m not sure Dembele would be the right fit for the current Celtic side.

“Kyogo certainly works harder and his movement is superb, but as a fellow forward, if you’re asking me who I’d rather have in my team, it’d be Dembele all day long.

“That is not to take anything away from Kyogo, but there was a certain swagger with the Frenchman.”

Boyd is at least correct in one of his assertions, Dembele wouldn’t be a fit for Ange’s side. The defensive demands that the Celtic boss puts on his front line is not part of the former Celtic strikers game.

However, if you are talking in goalscoring stats alone, Boyd is way off the mark.

In 94 appearances for Celtic, Dembele scored 51 goals. So far, in just 76 appearances Kyogo has already hit 43.

Whilst there is no disputing the quality that Demebele has, Kyogo is just as deadly in front of goal but also brings more to the team.

Boyd needs to concern himself at what’s going on at Ibrox and stop meddling in Celtic’s business.

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