Michael Nicholson’s first day as chief executive during a transfer window is tomorrow, but he has got off to a flier by announcing the signing of three Japanese players, confirmed today. Full internationals, Daizen Maeda (striker) and Yosuke Ideguchi (central mid), and youth international Reo Hatate (left back), will arrive in Scotland in the next few days and will be ready for the return of Premiership action on 17 January.
This is a stunning notice of intent. We have never seen Celtic act with this speed in a transfer window. We want our title back! It also lets others with designs on winning the league know what a solvent team with purpose can achieve.
The moves will help Kyogo Furuhashi, who is still getting to grips with the native lingo. He will now live and work in a Japanese community.
The only problem for the chief exec is how to follow this tomorrow? No pressure now, Michael.
I will publish a State of the Club report later this afternoon. Spoiler alert, it will not be as optimistic as this article.