Video: Celtic attacker Daizen Maeda scores first-ever goal for Japan; Kyogo rested

By John McGinley

June 10, 2022

Celtic striker Daizen Maeda has scored his first-ever international goal for Japan in a Kirin Cup match against Ghana today.

Maeda came off the bench in the second half to win his seventh cap and put his name in the mix for starting matches moving forward.

The Celtic star capitalised on good work by Junya Ito to score a close-range effort. Broadcaster TBS Soccer uploaded footage to social media which you can see below or via this link.

Japan won the match 4-1 with other goals coming from Miki Yamane, Kauru Mitoma and Takefusa Kubo. Jordan Ayew netted for Ghana.

Kyogo Furuhashi was on the bench for the encounter but was not used by manager Hajime Moriyasu, who heavily rotated his squad for the fixture.

Kyogo is likely to feature in the final of the Kirin Cup on Tuesday, where Japan are due to play Tunisia after the African outfit beat Chile 2-0.

Maeda will surely have a chance of featuring too after his efforts today.

This has been a productive international break for many Celtic players with Anthony Ralston and Liel Abada also scoring their first senior international goals.

Matt O’Riley has managed to get good experience training with the Danish national team squad, also featuring for their U21 side, while Giorgos Giakoumakis has heavily featured in Greece’s successful UEFA Nations League start.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

All of this progress and the resulting confidence can only be a good thing for Celtic if the players return to Scotland injury-free and ready for pre-season.

Carl Starfelt has picked up an injury but so far most of Celtic’s international talents have come through matches unscathed.

Congratulations to Maeda and hopefully it’s the first of many for him in Japan colours!

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