Brendan Rodgers is killing Kyogo's influence at Celtic. That's according to Chris Sutton.

And the pundit has warned Kyogo's waining impact could lead to the "slow death of Celtic's title bid".

The former Celtic striker has been left stunned over Kyogo's vastly reduced goal contribution for Celtic - just eight goals in 21 starts this term - but insists it isn't his fault.

Instead, Sutton bemoaned a "failure of the environment" for Kyogo's less impactful season to date.

And for the pundit, it comes down to Rodgers' inability to get the best out of "the highest-quality striker in the country". 

In his Daily Record column, Sutton wrote: "Kyogo Furuhashi is having his influence absolutely killed.

"There’s a real chance it may lead to the slow death of Celtic’s title bid.

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"Brendan Rodgers has been outspoken about needing quality, yet he can’t find a way to get the best out of the highest-quality striker in the country. Now he’s been left out of the side. If that continues, could it lead to him inevitably looking to leave? 

"Kyogo has gone from being the most-feared forward in Scotland to barely getting a chance in a game. It’s actually quite remarkable and, for me, it’s not got that much to do with the boy himself."

January loan signing Adam Idah was handed a start against Hibs last time out for Celtic with the striker making the most of his opportunity to bag a brace - both from the penalty spot.

However, Sutton is absolutely certain that Kyogo remains the superior striker at Parkhead.

He added: "Now listen, before I go any further, this is no slight on Adam Idah. The Irish striker was given an opportunity against Hibs and he grabbed it with his two goals. Idah might do well for Celtic, but don’t tell me he’s a better striker than Kyogo."