Shunsuke Nakamura delivers classy well wishes to new Japanese Celtic players

By David Walton

January 20, 2022

Shunsuka Nakamura has named Celtic Park a “good environment” for the club’s new Japanese signings as the Hoops icon spoke about their moves for the first time.

The arrival of Ange Postecoglou in the summer has brought Celtic a profitable interest in the J-League market. Kyogo Furuhashi has been a blistering success since signing from Vissel Kobe in the summer. Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, and Yosuke Ideguchi, meanwhile, have all arrived this month to bolster the Parkhead ranks.

Celtic fans caught a glimpse of all 3 of their new signings against Hibs on Monday night. Undoubtedly, Hatate stole the show with a dynamic midfield display. However, Maeda nabbed a debut goal after 3 minutes whilst Ideguchi made some solid blocks in his short second-half cameo.

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And Nakamura, a Celtic icon himself after 4 incredible years in Glasgow, has commented on the signings as he wished them nothing but the best.

As quoted by Yahoo, Naka said: “It is a very good environment.

“I’m glad that Japanese players are going to Celtic. I’m glad that the manager (Postecoglou) won the championship as the director of Marinos and that the manager has gone to Celtic.

“I hope those who are going do their best. I want that.”

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Interestingly, Yahoo also report that Nakamura is in regular dialogue with summer-signing Kyogo. He often exchanges congratulatory text messages after the Japanese international scores for the Hoops. That’s a fair few texts this season then!

It’s always a delight to see Naka commenting on anything to do with the Hoops. His iconic status at Celtic Park is fully deserved for the impact he had in Scotland both on and off the pitch.

He helped pave the way for Japanese footballers in Europe. His performances both domestically and in Europe for Celtic won’t ever be forgotten, and the fact he won 6 winners’ medals during his time here shows he has the trophies to back his reputation up.

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But switching focus back to the present, and Celtic have some new acquisitions who have already shown unreal potential after their first matchday. Maeda getting off the mark was huge, and his pace is clearly going to cause Scottish football defences a lot of problems this season.

We’ve still to really get a strong look at Ideguchi, who you would hope would perhaps get some game-time at Alloa on Saturday. Hatate, however, has Celtic fans reaching excitement levels nobody expected. With some huge games coming up over the next fortnight, there’s a real chance our new signings could become instant heroes.

Being as impactful as Naka was at Celtic will take some doing. But for now? The Celtic fans are allowed to dream about just how good our new arrivals could be.

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