Daizen Maeda shares what he's made of Glasgow after signing for Celtic
Speed merchant and J League sensation Daizen Maeda has shared his initial impressions of Glasgow after arriving from Yokohama F Marinos.
Maeda, who was joint-top scorer of the 2021 J League season, has been added to ferocious front-line at Celtic. Alongside stars Kyogo, Abada and Jota, it’s hoped Maeda will help to fire the Hoops back to the summit of the Scottish Premiership.
Add in new Bhoy Johnny Kenny, and Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis, Ange Postecoglou has options. It’s a far cry from last season, when there was almost total reliance on Odsonne Edouard to get us through games. Instead, Ange will have a headache picking his best three. Or, he’ll have fun finding out.
But we forget sometimes, that new signings are adapting to a new culture, a new locale and a new way of life. So, at a fan media conference yesterday, 67 Hail Hail’s own Hamish Carton asked the Japanese striker what he’d made of Glasgow thus far.
And, encouragingly, Maeda made it all about football.
Maeda told 67 Hail Hail: “Glasgow is a great city.
“I can already feel the passion for football here.
“There’s loads of Celtic fans here, I can feel. So I just hope to hope to contribute to the fans’ happiness over here.”
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New Bhoy Daizen Maeda determined to make Celtic fans happy
I don’t know about you, and I mean this with zero disrespect to our other signings. They all look like they’ll be handy additions as we chase the title and compete in Europe.
But I, for one, cannot wait to see Daizen Meada play for Celtic.
The guy just oozes pace, and his range of goals in the J League were just phenomenal. What he can do to Scottish defences seems utterly terrifying. He may not score hat-tricks for fun as often in the Scottish Premiership, but you sense he’ll have a right good go at it.
He can only do that, though, if he’s able to settle. And from his initial impressions of Glasgow, things sound promising on that front.
Getting used to the weather, the accent, being settled in a flat and all the rest; that provides a solid foundation for him. We’re sure that, especially after last season, Celtic are fully optimised to deliver on that front.
He’s right though. It’s a great city, and we’re daft about football.
So, if he’s as prolific as he is astute, we should be onto an absolute flyer with Ange’s new striker.