Japanese report: Yokohama F Marinos move suggests imminent excitement for Celtic fans

By Euan Davidson

December 11, 2021

Yokohama F Marinos are lining up a replacement for Daizen Maeda, according to Japanese outlet Hochi News.

Marinos, who won a J League title with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, are reportedly shoring up a move to bring 25-year-old Takuma Nishimura. The Vegalta Sendai striker had a brief spell with Russian giants CSKA Moscow, as well as a stint in Portugal with Portimonense.

Hochi News report that Daizen Maeda will join Celtic in January, and that this is a move to ensure they have top striking talent once the Hoops land their man.

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Interestingly, the outlet suggest that Nishimura has all the components for post-Ange life at Yokohama F Marinos. Primarily, he’s able to score goals, but Nishimura is also keen to defend from the front.

With Celtic facing a striker crisis, we could’ve done with Daizen Maeda arriving yesterday. There hasn’t been a timeline for Kyogo and Ajeti’s injuries from Thursday night, but Giorgos Giakoumakis remains out of contention.

Celtic may be forced to call upon B Team strikers Joey Dawson and Owen Moffat this weekend against Motherwell.

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The signs are very promising for a Daizen Maeda move to Celtic

Can we spare a thought for the Yokohama F Marinos fan-base for a wee second?

Not only have we stolen away their historically successful manager, but now we’re on the cusp of taking their star player. A man who scored 23 goals in the J League this season, no less.

Maeda, along with Reo Hatate, another player linked with Celtic, made the J League Best XI for 2021 [Japan Times]. By now, Maeda’s qualities are well-known; he’s a relentless pace merchant who loves embarrassing goalkeepers. Adept at stealing away the ball from defenders, he looks ideal for Postecoglou’s system at Celtic.

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With Ideguchi reportedly on his way as well, Postecoglou has got to work quickly to build the Celtic squad. Maeda could be primed to make an instant impact, depending on the striker situation at the club in January.

Truly, these are exciting times; if the report from Hochi News is correct.

Their word choice is markedly definitive over Maeda and a move to Celtic. Suits us!

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