Daizen Maeda provides Shunsuke Nakamura shoutout in class Celtic Q&A video

By David Walton

January 23, 2022

Daizen Maeda has labelled Shunsuke Nakamura as the greatest ever Japanese footballer in a class quickfire Q&A video with Celtic TV.

Maeda has only just arrived at the club from Yokohama Marinos on a loan deal until the end of the season. However, the Hoops have an obligation to buy in the summer which means he’s here for the long-term.

As such, he’ll be trying to draw inspiration from Celtic’s greatest ever Japanese Celt – Nakamura. And as he answered a host of questions in this afternoon’s video on Celtic TV, the standout was undoubtedly his shutout for the Parkhead icon.

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It was a quirky watch, with Maeda also answering questions such as his favourite football team, his favourite way to relax, and even the last time he lied to someone. It’s a fun piece of content, and supporters simply can’t get enough of him.

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Maeda got his Celtic career off to a flyer by scoring in his debut against Hibernian last Monday night. He also nearly bagged another against Alloa yesterday. Even at this early stage of his Parkhead life, he’s clearly thriving.

And it’s clear he has a fine taste in Japanese footballers too!

Daizen Maeda coming across well to the Celtic support

There’s something about Maeda that has made the Hoops support take to him instantly. Sure, when you score on your debut it tends to bolster your reputation somewhat.

However, the truth is that there was genuine excitement over what he would bring to the club before he even played his first match. When it came to Daizen, Reo Hatate, and Yosuke Ideguchi, it was the former Yokohama Marinos striker that many were itching to see involved.

And it’s fair to say he isn’t disappointing. An electric player on the park and clearly a fun personality off of it, Maeda is hitting the right notes early on.

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It’s just a shame we’re going to be without him for the games against Hearts, Dundee United, and Rangers respectively. It would’ve been a great opportunity for him to become an absolute idol in the eyes of the Celtic support even this early on.

But it opens up opportunities for others, such as Giorgos Giakoumakis. We know that when Maeda returns he’s going to command a place back in the starting XI regardless.

For the truth is when it comes to starting your career on a positive note, Maeda really couldn’t have done any more.

In other news, Raith Rovers supporters cannot believe they’ve to head back to Celtic Park again