Celtic have been somewhat inconsistent this season. This week was clear proof of it. How many times in football history have a team lost 6-0 in midweek and then won by the same scoreline at the weekend? Surely not many. It was good to see Brendan Rodgers’ side find the back of the net on six occasions though.
The goals have not quite flowed this season like they used to under the management of Ange Postecoglou. Hopefully, that will start to happen once the players come to grips with Rodgers’ style of football. We are starting to see some positive signs for sure.
One player who has not scored as frequently as he did last season is Kyogo. But then, considering he scored 34 goals in the previous campaign, that was an impossible bar to match.
He has come up with some important goals, scoring against teams like Atletico Madrid, Lazio and the Rangers. Yet, at times, Kyogo has looked isolated up top.
Celtic hero claims Kyogo is facing one problem right now
As reported by Football Insider, Frank McAvennie said:
"“I feel sorry for Kyogo.“He’s not getting used as much as he should, he should be getting used more often.“I’m starting to see McGregor passing the ball backwards all the time. He controls the game if you like, but he always has people coming at him.“The first thing he needs to do is look forward. Callum is not doing that, he’s passing it sideways or back.“We need to start feeding Kyogo because he’s going to lose the plot a little bit because nobody is trying to find him.“Since he walked into the club, I’ve never seen a striker so isolated. That’s a problem for me.”"
Of course, this is something that Kyogo’s teammates will have to fix rather than the Japanese forward himself. That is perhaps what makes it harder.
There is zero doubt that Rodgers’ style of football is quite different to that of Postecoglou. It is quite certainly not as direct. As a result, the chances to score are naturally going to be fewer. That being said, we have seen strikers thrive in the Northern Irishman’s system in the past.
It is way too early to be worried about Kyogo to be very honest. Even if his rate of goals might have dropped a bit, he has still found the back of the net consistently. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 8 goals in 18 appearances this season across all competitions.