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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 Kyogo hat-trick sees Hoops head to US with come-from behind win but concede four

KYOGO looked like he’s back in the old routine as he netted a hat-trick in a crazy ten-goal friendly, as Celtic beat Queen’s Park 6-4.

The Japanese striker opened his account from the spot in Friday’s pre-season opener at Ayr.

Kyogo Furuhashi completes his hat-trick

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Kyogo Furuhashi completes his hat-trick
Celtic's Matt O'Riley and Queen's Park's Dominic Thomas battle for the ball

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Celtic’s Matt O’Riley and Queen’s Park’s Dominic Thomas battle for the ball

At the City Stadium the Celtic frontman hit a double and saw two more efforts saved by Queen’s No1 Calum Ferrie in a five-goal first half then completed his treble on the hour.

Matt O’Riley, Oh Hyeon-Gyu and Francis Turley also netted for Brendan Rodgers’ side, who next face DC United in Washington in the early hours of July 21.

They will need to tighten up at the back as the Spiders – who performed well ahead of their Premier Sports Cup opener at Peterhead on Saturday – scored through Ruari Paton, Dom Thomas, Louis Longridge and Tyrece McDonnell.

O’Riley has plenty of clubs eyeing him but was back in the line-up and captain. Hyun-Jun Yang and Mikey Johnston made their first appearances too.

Kyogo – who netted 19 times last term – saw an early shot pushed away by Ferrie but it was a sign of things to come.

In the sixth minute he got the break of the ball and crashed home as Charlie Fox crumpled to the deck. The Spiders defender needed four minutes of treatment before shunning a stretcher to hobble off and be replaced by Lewis Reid.

At the other end Queen’s had a man in demand of their own, with the likes of Port Vale and Mansfield keeping tabs on Paton.

He bagged three more goals than Kyogo last season as the side struggled in the Championship and he didn’t take long to show his class.

Stephen Welsh’s clearing header lacked distance and Paton lashed home so quickly that Scott Bain in the Hoops goal didn’t move. That was in the 15th minute and Queen’s were ahead seven minutes later as Thomas arrowed beyond a diving Bain.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Kyogo diverted Yuki Kobayashi’s half volley beyond Ferrie after Johnston had darted down the left and crossed.

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Kyogo saw another shot saved before O’Riley made his mark six minutes before the break. When the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box he drilled home.

O’Riley was hooked at the break but Kyogo stayed on and beat the offside trap to slot home then was immediately replaced as part of a raft of changes.

Sub Oh made it five with a bullet finish before Longridge pulled one back as he got the better of Bain’s replacement Benjamin Siegrist.

Oh squared for Turley to hit No6 before McDonnell headed in a fourth for Queen’s.

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  • FT: Queen’s Park 4 Celtic 6

    It’s not often you see 10 goals in one game, even in pre-season.

    To recap on the scorers:-

    Celtic: Kyogo x3, O’Riley, Oh, Turley.

    Queen’s Park: Paton, Thomas, Longridge, McDonnell.

  • FULL-TIME

    There goes the final whistle.

    An absolute goal-fest… but perhaps the main talking points, certainly from a Celtic perspective, will be on the defence (or lack thereof).

  • 83′ Queen’s Park 4 Celtic 6

    A remarkable game here at Lesser Hampden.

    Celtic looking shoddy again at the back there and McDonnell finds the net with a header at the back post amidst a mix-up between the Hoops defence and Siegrist in goal.

  • GOAL!

    And we have TEN now on the night.

    Tyrece McDonnell gets Queen’s Park a fourth.

  • 72′ Queen’s Park 3 Celtic 6

    It’s a youngster on the scoresheet this time in Francis Turley.

    The Northern Ireland starlet side-foots the ball home from 10 yards out on a cutback from Oh.

  • GOAL!

    Who needs the Euros tonight eh?

    With England and the Netherlands locked at a goal a piece, we’ve got NINE here at Lesser Hampden.

    Celtic have grabbed another.

  • 70′ Queen’s Park 3 Celtic 5

    The Celtic defence won’t want to see this one again, not least Benjamin Siegrist.

    Poor header out by Lawal and Longridge picks up the loose ball and dinks it over the ‘keeper.

  • GOAL!

    And just like that, could Queen’s Park be back in it?

    They’ve pulled one back and it was a really sloppy goal for Celtic to lose.

  • 68′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 5

    Oh finds the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

    A decent pick up from the striker, rumoured to be on his way out, as he ran at the Queen’s Park defence and found enough space to shoot from just inside the area.

  • GOAL!

    He’s not been long on the park and Oh Hyeon-gyu has a goal!

    Celtic are showing their dominance now.

  • 65′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 4

    Interesting that since the start of this half and with Johnston going off, Celtic’s predominantly favoured side has switched from the left flank to the right.

    It’s still a more even split than the first half but the majority of the positive play from the Hoops has came down that wing via Iwata and Dede.

  • 59′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 4

    That’s a hat-trick for Kyogo.

    The striker is slipped in with a through ball just inside the box and he makes no mistake from close range with the finish.

    He’ll now be free to take the match ball home.

  • GOAL!

    Another goal for Celtic…

    Another for Kyogo!

  • 57′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 3

    Celtic definitely enjoying more of the play now.

    The second half has seen them start with more authority and with all the chasing involved, Queen’s Park are becoming a bit sloppy at the back and standing off their men.

    Hatton went close but couldn’t find the target with a shot inside the box.

  • 52′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 3

    Chance!

    A decent opening there as Kyogo worked the ball to Holm inside the box.

    The striker jinked his way past two defenders before feeding a pass into Holm’s path but he looked off-balance and blazed over from eight yards out.

  • 50′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 3

    A fairly even start to the second half, with both teams enjoying spells of possession but neither threatening the opponent’s goal.

    Kwon has came on into the middle of the park and looks eager to get involved for Celtic.

    Could he be an important player for the Hoops this term?

  • 46′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 3

    Queen’s Park subs: Thomson and Thomas OFF, Welsh and Longridge ON.

    Celtic subs: Bain, O’Riley and Johnston OFF, Bain, Kwon and Hatton ON.

  • PEEEP!

    That’s the second half upon us now at Lesser.

    It’s not been wholesale changes but there have been a few, which we’ll update you on.

  • HT: QUEEN’S PARK 2 CELTIC 3

    Will we see wholesale changes in the second half again from Celtic?

    And from a Queen’s Park point of view there have been lots of positives, other than the unfortunate injury to defender Charlie Fox.

  • HT: Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 3

    A recap of the match so far.

    Celtic took an early lead through Kyogo but looked slack at the back when they allowed Paton to score from 20 yards out to equalise.

    Thomas then put Queen’s Park in front with a similarly quick-thinking finish.

    But the Hoops levelled in the 24th minutes thanks to Kyogo again (not Kobayashi as was once thought).

    Then, stand-in captain O’Riley volleyed home towards the end of the half to restore Celtic’s lead.

  • PEEEP!

    There goes the half-time whistle.

    A to-and-fro game here in Mount Florida so far, with the visitors in front after the first 45.

  • 38′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 3

    O’Riley with a classic run into the box from late and he coolly dispatches the ball on the volley into the net.

    Again, all the play coming down Celtic’s left.

  • GOAL!

    O’Riley gets on the scoresheet as the stand-in skipper!

    It’s been coming…

  • 33′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 2

    Celtic looking rather fluid now with Lawal, Holm and O’Riley having an influence alongside Johnston.

    All the play is down that left wing for the Hoops.

    At the other end, Thomas blasts over from a similar distance to his earlier goal.

  • 29′ Queen’s Park 2 Celtic 2

    A decent opening for Celtic there as Johnston zipped past his men on the left flank in trademark style.

    But his cutback was easily intercepted and cleared by the Queen’s Park defence.

    The winger was lively again moments later as he set up O’Riley, but his shot was blocked.

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