Eintracht Frankfurt star responds to Daizen Maeda's Celtic title win; J-League players join in
Eintracht Frankfurt hero Daichi Kamada and several J-League stars have congratulated Daizen Maeda after winning the league with Celtic.
Maeda has been a key part of the Hoops side that secured the league championship at Tannadice and has now banked automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League next year.
And as you would expect, his Instagram blew up after he put out a celebratory post last night. As his former J-colleagues joined in, Europa League finalist Kamada also popped up to show his appreciation:
Daichi’s comment simply translates to “Maeda” whilst former Yokohama Marinos teammates Iwata Tomoki, Ryuta Koike, and Marcos Jr also hailed the achievement with “congrats” messages. Sampdoria’s Mayo Yoshida also commented along with J2 League stars Keita Tanaka and Kohei Kayami.
Reo Hatate was also lauded by his former Kawasaki Frontale teammates as well as the club itself over on his Instagram page after last night.
It was a big night for the pair who will now feel their respective moves to Parkhead have been vindicated as they look ahead to Champions League football next year.
J-League players laud Celtic achievement
It’s fair to say Celtic’s title-winning achievement has been widely recognised by J-League stars and football worldwide. There has already been plenty of reaction from players and clubs outside of Scotland to our historical achievement.
And it’s clear many are happy for Daizen after making the move to Scotland in January alongside Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.
Maeda has been an influential figure for the club since his arrival. Despite the fact he’s been adapting to a new culture and footballing environment, he’s still rewarded Ange Postecoglou with 8 goals and 2 assists [Transfermarkt]. That’s not even taking into account the limitless energy he’s put into our title run-in.
His loan move is set to become permanent in the summer and there isn’t even any debate as to whether it’s a good idea or not. Maeda is essential to how this Celtic side operates, and you can see he’s becoming more and more comfortable with Scottish football with greater exposure to it.
You still feel as though we’ve yet to see the best of him. Hopefully, with a rest and a solid pre-season under his belt, we’ll begin to see a new level to his game next year.
But for now, just like everyone else, it’s time for him to celebrate.
In other news, John Hartson’s superb Tannadice snap; gets involved with Celtic celebrations