St Mirren centre-back Joe Shaughnessy will welcome a tussle with Celtic forwards Kyogo Furuhashi and Odsonne Edouard with open arms this Saturday.
Jim Goodwin’s side travel to Celtic Park this weekend to face Ange Postecoglou’s in-form team. Saints are looking for their first win of the Scottish Premiership season and won on their last trip to Glasgow’s east-end. But their upcoming hosts have impressed in recent weeks, scoring 18 goals in five matches.
Forward Furuhashi – or French striker Edouard if he plays – will provide a big challenge for St Mirren. Shaughnessy is looking forward to facing Celtic, rather than fearing the game: “Furuhashi has come in and settled in right away, he hasn’t needed any kind of period of time to get used to the game, he looks good, his movement is good.
“It is just a case of doing what we can to stop him. We have played against good strikers before and it is just a case of doing our job and dealing with him the best we can. They are the type of players and strikers you really want to play against. You test yourself against them and see how you come out.
“It is something I will be looking forward to, whether it be him or (Odsonne) Edouard, they are two of the best strikers in Scotland at the minute and it is something you look forward to. You would rather be going out testing yourself each week.
“There have been a lot of changes there. I guess the new manager and the new style of play they are playing looks like it is coming together at the moment. It was hard then and it will be just as hard. We are under no illusions. They have come into a good bit of form at the minute, they are playing the way the manager wants them to play.”
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