Kenny Dalglish is massively excited about new Celtic signing after reviewing footage

By John McGinley

January 9, 2022

Kenny Dalglish isn’t the kind of pundit who usually expresses excitement, but his comments about new Celtic signing Daizen Maeda fall under that category.

Dalglish, like many other Celtic fans, has been on YouTube doing lots of research since the Japanese forward arrived in Scotland.

The Liverpool and Bhoys legend likes what he sees.

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Speaking to The Sunday Post, he said: “What isn’t in doubt is the quality of at least one of Celtic’s new Japanese Bhoys, Daizen Maeda. I’ve watched some of his goals on YouTube, and I have to say I have been very impressed.

“He strikes me as being a penalty-box predator, and looks to have all the attributes to be an excellent player for Celtic. Ange has worked with him, so knows his qualities. He is the type of player that could add something different and explosive to the Hoops’ title challenge.

“It’s a market that worked very well for Celtic in the past with the success of Shunsuke Nakamura – albeit he arrived after three years with Reggina in Italy – and has done so again with Kyogo, who has been sensational.

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“There is clearly quality to be had in Japan, and Celtic are tapping into that right now. Japanese players have a track record of being disciplined and dedicated professionals. There is clear evidence of their willingness to move to a new country, adapt as quickly as possible off the field, and be dedicated to their jobs every day in training.”

Given Maeda scored a massive 23 goals in the J-League last year, there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

He looks to be the kind of quick, incisive attacker that can light up the Scottish Premiership, just like fellow countryman Kyogo Furuhashi.

I can’t wait to see what he’s all about and hopefully it all starts with a debut against Hibernian next Monday night.

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