NEW Japanese Bhoy Tomoki Iwata has admitted everything about Celtic “excites me” after his signing was confirmed today.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder was voted the Japanese Player of the Year after playing a pivotal role in Yokohama F Marinos’ championship-winning campaign.

Ange Postecoglou has already managed the player at his former J-League outfit and didn’t hesitate in bringing him to the champions when the opportunity arose.

The move will be on a loan basis until the end of the season when a compulsory permanent deal is triggered. It is believed the Hoops will pay an initial £1million for the international star.

READY TO GO…Tomaki Iwata is eager to begin his Celtic journey.

Iwata can’t wait to get started at his new club where he joins five countrymen in Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi while new recruit Yuki Kobayashi will also become a signed player when the transfer window opens at the weekend.

The latest J-League recruit, speaking to the Celtic website, said: “I really am delighted to be joining Celtic, such a huge and successful club known across the world.

“I can’t wait to begin my journey with Celtic.

“Everything about Celtic excites me – the scale of the club, the supporters, the atmosphere, the style of football which the club is famous for and, of course, working with the manager and players. “I am really looking forward to getting started, to meet my new team-mates and begin working on bringing our fans more and more success.”

Ironically, just as Iwata arrives, Ideguchi may be heading for the Parkhead exit.

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