Greg Taylor delivers update on new Celtic Bhoys ahead of potential debuts

By John McGinley

January 17, 2022

Greg Taylor is happy with how new Celtic signings Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi are settling into life at Lennoxtown.

All three could make their debut for the club tonight against Hibernian at Celtic Park, weeks after joining at the same time from the J-League.

There’s been lots of intrigue about what they’ll be able to off the Bhoys over the coming weeks and months. There’s an expectation they’ll hit the ground running and provide a big boost to our title bid.

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New Bhoys are adjusting well to Celtic life at Lennoxtown

From the comments of Taylor, it seems they are already finding their feet.

As quoted by The Scotsman, he said: “They have settled in really well, actually. They are all really nice lads, good work ethic, they have handled it really well.

“Of course you’ve got the language barrier, but already their English is improving day-by-day. It is hard listening to my Scottish accent at the best of times. It can’t be easy for anyone.

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“You just try and be as pleasant as you can and when we’re on the training pitch, explain the standards that we set every day. The manager’s pretty clear with that, and the demands you pretty much need to hit straight away.”

However, there has been no initiation rituals for the new Bhoys as Celtic move on from some of the hazing that has gone on in the past at the training centre.

Taylor continued: “I think I did one here early on when I signed – middle of the dinner hall, standing on a chair, knife in hand, trying to sing – but I can’t remember what. I think when I first broke through at Kilmarnock I had to sing as well.

“That’s gone a wee bit out of the game. I don’t think many lads like it and especially boys coming from different countries. I can’t imagine that would be a nice position to be put in so it’s not something we do here.”

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Maeda and Hatate are the duo most likely to start tonight given the absences of David Turnbull and Kyogo Furuhashi.

Ideguchi may well have to be patient given the importance of Callum McGregor in that deeper midfield position. However, Alloa at the weekend is looking like a good target for the former Leeds man.

We’ll soon find out how they’ll fit into Postecoglou’s plans.

In other news, Former Celtic captain Scott Brown could win at glitzy FIFA event tonight.