Reported Vissel Kobe target Teruhito Nakagawa should be interesting Celtic

By David Walton

July 26, 2021

Celtic have already tied down Kyogo Furuhashi from the J-League, but the Hoops should also be keeping close tabs on Japan international Teruhito Nakagawa.

It’s been reported that Vissel Kobe have been eyeing him up as a potential replacement for the new Celtic striker. However, it appears as though Nakagawa has decided to stay with Yokohama F.Marinos [J-League Watch].

If he is to stay with his current club, the right-winger will be looking to build on a solid campaign so far. He’s managed four goals and five assists in only 18 matches this season [Transfermarkt].

Nakagawa’s career was revitalised by Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou after he took over at Yokohama in 2018. After instantly putting faith in the Japanes talent, the winger would bag 15 goals and 13 assists en route to winning the J-League Player of the Year in 2019 [Transfermarkt].

According to Optus Sports, Nakagawa thanks Postecoglou and credited him with turning his career around. And considering how big a player he was for Ange, we should be all over a move for him this summer.

Nakagawa can also play on the left flank too, an area Celtic are desperate for quality in. Signing him would also give Celtic more flexibility in potentially allowing Liel Abada to switch over to the left instead.

Whilst Furuhashi was perhaps the standout J-League player Celtic were expected to move for, Nakagawa isn’t far behind. His productivity in the final third has increased massively over the last three years.

Teruhito Nakagawa should be closely watched by Celtic

At 28 years of age, the player is also coming into his prime years. Not to mention he has a contract that expires in 2022, making him easily affordable.

Celtic still need pace down the flanks. Nakagawa would provide that along with a clinical edge that we’ve been missing from our wide players too.

Whilst he may not be interested in a move to Vissel Kobe, Celtic is a different ball-game. It would give the winger a chance to finally experience football life outside of Japan.

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Despite his talent, Nakagawa has remained in the J-League since signing for Yokohama back in 2015. If he wants one final chance to make the jump to Europe, Celtic should be all over it.

Whether our priorities change after the signings of Abada and Furuhashi remains to be seen. It could be the case that Celtic are only eyeing up defensive reinforcements.

However, if we can pull off a bargain buy for an exciting attacker, it shouldn’t be turned away. If Nakagawa is available this summer, it’s difficult to see how Postecoglou wouldn’t be interested.

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