Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou clears up Daizen Maeda concern

By John McGinley

August 6, 2022

Celtic winger Daizen Maeda picked up a knock towards the end of the first half against Ross County this afternoon, but Ange Postecoglou doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about.

Maeda was replaced by Liel Abada at the interval, but the decision wasn’t purely tactical from the manager, with the Japanese talent taking a sore one in the process of trying to score right at the end of the opening period.

Postecoglou explained after the game [Celtic Way]: “He got a bit of a knock, but he’s OK. It’s nothing serious. He’ll be fine.

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“I also just felt that second half I knew we’d get a lot of the ball, we had the wind behind us and Liel in those situations gets on the end of things and can beat his man. I thought he could make an impact and he did.”

Maeda has been the favoured starter on the left flank in the opening two games of the season, but Abada will have played his way into contention for a spot against Kilmarnock next week with today’s contribution.

His lovely curling effort in injury time really caught the eye and will undoubtedly lead to calls for his inclusion in the eleven at Rugby Park.

Maeda does offer plenty to Celtic, but it’s a legitimate question to wonder whether or not it’s worth prioritising Jota on the left flank, with the Japanese international and Abada duking it out on the right flank.

Jota really came alive on that side of the pitch in the second half today and ultimately set up all three goals. Maeda can still offer his movement and work ethic on the right, allowing Celtic to enjoy the best of the Portuguese.

Ultimately it’s a call for Postecoglou. Today’s substitution didn’t work out too badly, whether it was enforced or not, and everyone is looking forward to seeing the next intense Celtic display in Ayrshire.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou reacts to Moritz Jenz’s Celtic debut.