Celtic player Kyogo Furuhashi speaks out after the Japan international was snubbed

Striker and midfielder Ryo Hatate has not been selected by coach Hajime Moriyasu for the upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Colombia.

Daizen Maeda ended up being the only Parkhead player chosen to represent Japan in the matches.

However, the 28-year-old is not letting a setback catch up with him.

Talk to a Japanese outlet Nikan GendayHe said: “As an individual, I still have a long way to go. After all, there is no future unless I climb the small stairs one by one.

“I’m not thinking about the next Japan national team, I’m focused on Celtic’s next game.

“There have been games where Dizen has played as a central striker (at Celtic), so I don’t think I have any guarantee of being a starting line-up. I think it’s a similar situation

“I just want to get over 20 goals in the league and hit the high target of 25 or 30. In every game there are more chances and there are so many situations where I have to score.”

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Former Hoops striker Frank McCavney also paid tribute to Kygo.

The Japan international has been frustrated throughout this season’s competition after being unable to convert any of his chances in the group stages.

Coach Ange Postecoglou’s team finished bottom of their group, which included Real Madrid, Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, McAvaney feels the 28-year-old will be able to take his form to another level in Europe next season.

Tell Football from the inside: “I think he will do it next year in the Champions League. That’s where you have to do it.

“He missed a couple of chances but I have a feeling he will be strong in them.

“He just wants to learn. His movement is of a different class which is great for midfielders.

“The players don’t know if they’re going to go for him which creates space in midfield, and that’s why he works.”

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