Celtic will continue to establish a foothold in the Japanese football community with grassroots training camps in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Hiroshima next spring, the club announced today.

The club have partnered with Goal App Japan to help deliver the events, which will run throughout 2023 in other locations across Japan.

Each training event will take place over three days and be open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12.

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All of the camps will be delivered by Celtic Soccer Academy Staff with an emphasis on both football and developing English language skills.

Masaru Fuchinoue, CEO of Goal App Japan said: “We are delighted to announce the establishment of Celtic Soccer Academy camps with such a well-known global team as Celtic FC.

“We look forward to young players in Japan experiencing the same coaching as Japanese players like Furuhashi, Maeda, Ideguchi and Hatate at Celtic and hope that they have the opportunity to become stars for Celtic FC in the future!”

Chris Smith, Head of Soccer Academy at Celtic, added: “We are really excited to partner with Goal App Japan and provide an opportunity for young Japanese football players to experience what it is like to play the Celtic way.

“We currently have five Japanese players playing for Celtic and we would like to use this partnership to inspire the next generation of players to support and potentially play at our fantastic football club.”

Celtic sourced manager Ange Postecoglou from the J-League, with five Japanese signings arriving in Glasgow under his reign so far.

The Bhoys have also directly marketed to a Japanese audience with the launch of dedicated social media accounts and an website.

With reports suggesting there could even a squad tour of the country next summer, Celtic’s relationship with Japan may only get stronger over the next 12 months.

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