Daizen Maeda eyeing immediate Celtic impact; details Hoops ambitions

By Euan Davidson

January 13, 2022

New Celtic signing Daizen Maeda has his sights set on a debut for the Hoops; and he’s not messing around.

Maeda has spoken of the game against Hibernian on Monday, and the return of crowds. Scottish Premiership clubs were given a significant boost this week, with fans being allowed back into stadia from the 17th. Maeda, who arrived from Yokohama F Marinos, is in a hurry to sample the famous atmosphere.

Maeda featured in a bounce game yesterday, along with his fellow J League recruits Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi. Long-term injury absentee Christopher Jullien also made an appearance.

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The pacy forward, who’s just finished the J League season, spoke of his fitness and willingness to make an instant impact. He said [Daily Record]: “I feel good physically as the league in Japan hasn’t long finished.

“So my condition is good. I feel that I can move my body well.

“I do feel a little bit of tiredness but I don’t want to make excuses. I’m just concentrating on my training. I want to play and help the team to get good results.

“It could be my first game as a Celtic player against Hibs and of course it will be great if there are so many fans inside the stadium to watch it. All I want to do is score goals and share happiness with all the fans.”

Maeda also stated his aims at Celtic, saying [Daily Record]:

“Winning trophies is the only thing I haven’t achieved in my career so far. This is something I want.

“I believe it’s something I can achieve here. It’s a club that wins things. Of course I want the title.”

Daizen Maeda already loving Glasgow, as Ange bolsters Celtic backroom team

Daizen Maeda already loving Glasgow, as Ange bolsters Celtic backroom team
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Could Daizen Maeda feature for Celtic against Hibernian?

Ange Postecoglou has, down to necessity, been known for launching new players into games from the off. Kyogo, Carl Starfelt, Joe Hart, Cameron Carter-Vickers; all made fast debuts after joining Celtic.

Could any of his new J League contingent follow suit? Actually, yes; I think certainly Maeda could.

The Hoops are without Jota for a little while longer, but have a bunch of players nearing injury returns. It’ll be a deeper match-day squad that lines up against Hibernian this time round, and if Ange believes Daizen Maeda is ready to make an immediate impact, then why not?

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As for his trophy ambitions? He’s come to the right place. In fact, he’d have a winner’s medal already if he’d signed in the summer. His aims align entirely with the boss, obviously. For Ange Postecoglou to win a title in his first season would be incredibly special, but long-term, the manager is building a squad to be reckoned with.

It’s extremely positive stuff to hear from a new signing. He’d be forgiven for wanting a period of transition, but he just wants to get to work right away.

Fans will be excited by the prospect of seeing Maeda for Celtic on Monday.

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