J-League reference Celtic heroes in club tribute

By Lewis Laird

May 6, 2022

Since Ange Postecoglou’s arrival in Scotland, Celtic’s relationship with Japan and the J-League has continued to grow.

The 56-year old was previously manager at Yokohama F Marino’s, where he delivered the title and continues to be well-respected even after his departure.

After leaving Japan, Postecoglou didn’t simply leave the league behind; instead, he used his knowledge to build his new Celtic side, signing Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The first three have all played their part in Celtic, being just two games away from lifting the Scottish Premiership title, whilst Ideguchi has also been praised for his work ethic in training and is likely to play his part going forward, according to Postecoglou.

Postecoglou’s former side recently played their 1000th game in the J-League, reaching an incredible milestone after being founded back in 1972 but spending the last 30 years in the top flight.

The official J-League Twitter account paid tribute to the club today, and there were a few familiar faces to the Celtic support in the picture used.

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Of course, both Ange and Maeda have spent their last few years with Marinos.

However, a former Celtic hero – Shunsuke Nakamura – also has a history with the club, spending time as a young player and starting his professional career in Yokohama.

As many fans will be aware, 13 years since his stint at Parkhead Nakamura is incredibly still playing football at the age of 43 over in Japan, with Yokohama FC.

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It will be interesting to see if Postecoglou looks to his former side once again, either this summer or in a future transfer window, to add to his impressive Celtic squad.

Maybe the strong links between the two sides will continue to grow.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou explains why Hearts are so ‘dangerous’ for Celtic this weekend.