Kyogo addresses Celtic Champions League doubters as he declares Rangers win proved they 'can handle the atmosphere'
Kyogo Furuhashi insists Celtic can cope with the De Kuip cauldron after conquering Ibrox.
The Hoops frontman has no fear heading to Feyenoord ’s notorious HQ for tomorrow night’s Champions League group stage opener – and he’s convinced the Scottish champs can get off to a flier. Brendan Rodgers’ side kick-off their campaign on the back of Saturday’s 3-0 win against Dundee that fired the champs clear at the top of the Premiership.
But Kyogo believes the victory at the home of fierce foes Rangers with no away fans in the ground before the international break was the perfect preparation for the clash with the Dutch champs. Feyenoord are on red hot form after hammering Heerenveen 6-1 at the weekend – making it 17 goals in their last three matches in the Eredivisie. Their De Kuip ground is also renowned as one of Europe’s bears pits with Lazio, Roma, and Marseille among the Euro scalps taken on home soil in recent seasons.
Kyogo won’t shirk the challenge and he admitted the big match feeling only helps him rise to the occasion. He said: “We got the result in the Rangers game so that showed we can handle the atmosphere. We got the win on Saturday as well, so we are in a good flow at the moment.
“Hopefully we can keep it going. The bigger the stages, the more I get excited. I really enjoy playing under that pressure in games like the finals, the derby matches and Champions League.
“In my position, everyone works hard to give me the service, so it is not just about the striker. But I do enjoy playing in these big game atmospheres.”
Kyogo has notched in cup finals and in derbies but is itching to open his Champions League account after a frustrating campaign last season. The 28-year-old has set himself individual targets