Maeda expectations


By any objective measure, Shunsuke Nakamura was an outstanding success at Celtic.  It is a measure of just how high the expectations were under Gordon Strachan that our first Japanese Bhoy did not carry the Celtic complete support.

Scotland was Naka’s second European country and went everywhere with an interpreter, it was thought a second player from Japan would help him settle.  Koki Mizuno arrived to great fanfare in January 2008, we knew nothing of him, but he was a Japanese international, and we knew how good they were.

Koki scored an incredible goal at Falkirk that was straight out of the Paddy McCourt playbook, but that was the exception, he left two years later without troubling the Japanese international side again.

The reception Kyogo Furuhashi received in Glasgow is similar to that Naka earned in 2005.  The anticipation of the expected arrival of Daizen Maeda, currently a striker for Ange Postecoglou’s former club, Yokohama F. Marinos, is very reminiscent of how we felt about Koki Mizuno 13 years ago.

Naka was a very special talent (and apparently still is).  He transformed Celtic from the moment he walked in the door, two days after the 5-0 defeat to Artmedia Bratislava.  Kyogo is also a very special talent, equally transformational in what he has done in a few months in Scotland.

By implication, we cannot expect to go back to Japan and recruit a similar talent – there would be nothing special about that talent if we did.  Any reasonable expectation would permit Daizen Maeda as much settling in time as we afford Giorgos Giakoumakis.

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  1. ernie lynch


    Did the KDS article on the `League Cup Party` convince you?



    if so, being so swayed by `seem to be regarded` would suggest to me that you wanted to be convinced.



    Have to go. See any reply later.


    Cheerio for now.

  2. Well,Mr Nicholson seems to have passed his first big test with flying colours.Let it continue.Maybe its the Ange effect.

  3. The Rags are only taking their stories from the sports reporter in Japan.He is the guy in the know.He says 2 have flown to Europe,they have.

  4. Mazda is a good and reliable make. What is the footballing equivalent of SkyActiv eco technology?.😀

  5. This is interesting:



    “Daizen will join Celtic initially on loan but with a compulsory purchase clause included, meaning he will be with Celtic on a permanent basis from the summer on a long-term deal.”

  6. Ya beauty…..



    3 Hunskelpers from the east…pace, power, technique and athleticism.



    That’s what I’m talking about..



    Well done Celtic…..




  7. HOT SMOKED on 31ST DECEMBER 2021 9:03 AM


    ernie lynch





    Did the KDS article on the `League Cup Party` convince you?







    I’m not aware of the article, so no it didn’t convince me.



    I’d like to know what happened after the cup final and whether it contributed to players being unavailable or not turning up for the St Mirren game in which two points were dropped against a scratch team of kids.

  8. Ernie- I can’t see the team having a beer after the Cup Final, and the manager knowing nothing about it

  9. Am I the only one belting out the Vapors and Alphaville songs this morning? I know, I know. One is about love obsession after being dumped (they denied the self-gratification rumour) and the other about getting off heroin. But those choruses . . . maybe they can be reworked a bit by the GB song team.



    Welcome to Celtic! These guys are going to lift Kyogo to even greater heights.

  10. A delighted Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou, said: “We are really pleased to bring in these guys to Celtic and I think they are players who will excite our fans.



    “Clearly I am well aware of their attributes and I think in bringing all three to the club we are bringing even more quality, personality and energy to the squad to work with the players who have done so well for us already this season.



    “They are all really at the peak of their careers, ambitious to achieve more success and I am sure at this particular time we will be getting their best years. I am delighted to have secured these players so early in the transfer window, I look forward to working with them and myself, my backroom team and the rest of the squad will be making sure we help them settle into Celtic as quickly as possible.”

  11. Happy New Year from New Zealand CQN and Paul67. All the very best to you and yours in 2022 when it comes to you. I miss my Dad who would have been 80 on Christmas Day, taken by covid. I miss not being with my family this first Christmas and Hogmanay without him. 2021can gtf. Let’s all hope for a better year in 22. Take care everyone, be kind. Hail Hail.

  12. Wow! 3 signings and we’ve not even opened the hogmanay whisky yet.


    Well done, Ange.


    You’ve impressed this oft times moaner.

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