The important difference in Daizen Maeda clause and more Celtic contract details after 3 deals done

By John McGinley

December 31, 2021

Celtic supporters now have clarity on the transfer structure of Daizen Maeda’s move to the club, following confusing reports in the build-up to his announcement.

Yes, it’s true that Maeda initially joins the club on a six-month loan. However, Celtic have a compulsory purchase agreement meaning he signs a long-term deal in the summer. This is different to the usual option-to-buy agreements we’ve become accustomed to.

It essentially means that Maeda is going to be a Celtic player for a long time. There’s no Patrick Roberts wiggle room or ambiguity such as in the case of Jota or Cameron Carter-Vickers. That’s important to consider.

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Maeda here for the Celtic long haul, just like the others

In fact, all three of today’s deals have the long-term in mind. Midfielders Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate have both signed four-and-a-half year contracts.

Yes, unbelievably this Celtic board have committed to nine years worth of contracts and a compulsory buy clause in one morning. Ange Postecoglou may have cast a spell on them.

In all seriousness, the manager being given the room to put plans in place at Celtic is crucial. The timing of their arrival is massively beneficial in the short term and for the goals this season, but it’s just as important to lay the groundwork for many years under Postecoglou.

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There’s no way around it, this is a sensational announcement from Celtic and I can’t wait to see what all three of our new players can do.

With a whole month left of the transfer window, who’s to say that the Bhoys won’t be bringing in even more bodies to boost Postecoglou’s squad?

In other news, Ange Postecoglou speaks to Celtic support after club announce 3 signings.