New Celtic signings already wowing teammates at Lennoxtown; fantastic update

By John McGinley

January 14, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has shared his initial impressions of the new Japanese signings brought to the club by manager Ange Postecoglou.

Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi all arrived before training restarted at Lennoxtown ahead of this month’s Scottish Premiership action.

Intrigue has been high amongst supporters regarding all three players. There’s a real sense of anticipation about their debuts and what kind of impact they can make at the Bhoys.

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McGregor is excited about new Celtic signings

McGregor is already impressed, telling Celtic TV: “Yeah, they look great. They are really technical players. They understand what the manager wants from them as well after him being over there as a coach as well.

“Full of energy, full of pressing, very similar to Kyogo in that sense. They’ll work really hard for the team and they have that quality to go along with it. So, the early signs are very good.

“It’s now just about us bedding them into the team and the club, making sure they understand the culture and everything we’re trying to do at Lennoxtown and at Celtic Park. It’s really positive and I’m sure they’ll be desperate to get into the games as well.”

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That all bodes well for strong first impressions. McGregor would hardly be breaking out Kyogo comparisons lightly so let’s hope his compatriots can also hit the ground running.

There’s a big difference between training and matches, of course. Yet if they are already fitting into the style of play at Celtic it suggests we won’t be waiting too long on their debuts.

At least two of them are likely to feature on Monday night against Hibernian given some of the injuries in the squad. Hatate and Maeda can both ably fill in for David Turnbull and Kyogo.

I can’t wait to see them in action.

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