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. Very impressed by all involved at the club in getting these 3 signings in the door, Ange has a clear idea of who he wants to bring in to suit the way he wants Celtic to play, joined up thinking rather than last minute deals.


    I also expect a few to move on permanently and on loan to get game time for players who are needing to play and those who do not suit the style.

  2. How many of the potential Japanese signings are currently in their squad ?



    Thinking we will lose Tom R definitely for Australia those 3 games, depending on fitness maybe Kyogo but not sure if the 2 others are in Japan’s current thinking ? Obviously Maeda seems not to be.

  3. Ernie



    It was not a scratch team for St Mirren



    Only 1 first team first time starter !



    But why don’t you carry on with your badly researched MSM slanted agenda.



    Don’t let anything get in the way of yourself having a go at Celtic and what it tries to do.



    Ever ask yourself why you do this ?

  4. Burnley – Maeda and Kyogo are definitely in the international squad.



    TR – With Australia so 3 is enough for us to look for our league games to be postponed.



    If we need to use this rule then we use it.



    D :)

  5. Would Ange ask for it though in view of his violins comment and getting on with things, I dont think he would, suppose depends on how quickly the injury list clears up, but its his call.

  6. BURNLEY78 on 31ST DECEMBER 2021 12:11 PM



    Celtic didn’t turn up against St Mirren, who had to field an under strength team. Points were dropped.



    We’ll know at the end of the season if that has cost us the league title.



    I don’t read any football stuff in the MSM, so I doubt I’m influenced by whatever their agenda is.



    Can you tell me whether the players were out celebrating after the league cup final?

  7. Thanks David 66



    So if it is just Tom and Idiguchi who are internationals likely to be called up then maybe tricky seeking cancellation if Kyogo is injured.



    Rangers will possibly have Aribo as only one missing. Balogen would not be in first team by then as their Swede Helander is fit again

  8. Ernie



    I do know they were under stricter control.



    None appeared back at Celtic Park as they usually do with the trophy

  9. Ive watched the usual highlights and youtube compilations of Maeda. Hes not exactly the tallest but wins and scores from lots of headers. He finds space in the box through quick movement. Might be the answer to our many crosses. A bit of the poacher about him. Thats an amateur assessment of the footage available. I hope I’m right and the New Year is good to us all as Celtic Supporters and that our families and friends all enjoy peace and happiness. May anyone suffering find comfort. God Bless and Hail Hail for 2022. Its never perfect but I count my blessings when I can HH

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