Why today's news left Daizen Maeda "excited" as he outlined his Celtic targets

By David Walton

January 11, 2022

Daizen Maeda has been left heavily excited after hearing that Celtic Park will be allowed to host at full capacity from Monday as he outlined his goals for the season.

The Japanese international is currently at Parkhead on loan until the end of the season. The deal contains an obligation to buy come the summer [Celtic FC].

The former Yokohama Marinos star has just come off a superb individual campaign with his former club in which he finished the campaign as Japan’s top scorer. As such, he arrives along with Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi with arguably the biggest reputation of the 3.

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And as he looked ahead to the second half of the season, the centre-forward didn’t mess about when discussing his targets over the next 5 months. Speaking via a press conference published by Celtic TV, Maeda said: “Of course the ultimate goal is to win the league. In order to do that I need to score lots of goals myself. So that’s my current focus at the moment.

“Up until today I was aware that there might be a minimum number of 500 people [allowed into stadiums], so I was a bit sad about that. But now that I’ve heard that it’s going to be a full stadium, I’m so excited.

“I want to do really well and score if I can. My style of play is to put all of my energy into the game, so I can’t wait to show that to the fans.”

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Daizen Maeda has all the tools necessary to boss it at Celtic

Maeda may not be playing for a permanent deal come the summer, but he’ll still be looking to make a big impression over the next six months. Given he can play either on the left side or as a striker, it’s clear his versatility is going to be vitally important.

You can’t look at the new Celtic forward and not be impressed by the skills he has at his disposal either. To go with his electric pace, he has perhaps an underrated trait of strength. He can hold the ball up and boss centre-backs in 50-50s. Not to mention he also has aerial prowess in his game too.

To sum up, Daizen has absolutely everything he needs to take Scottish football by storm and become a key player for the Bhoys over the next few months. That’s what will be expected of him too.

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It’ll be interesting to see how Ange Postecoglou integrates the speedster into his first-team. Will he be a back-up to Kyogo? Will Ange tweak his formation and go with 2 up top? Perhaps Maeda will find his game-time often on the wide positions as opposed to through the middle?

It’s really anyone’s guess at this point. Maeda’s arrival is another big reason as to why there is such a high level of excitement for the game against Hibs on Monday night. He’ll be expected to make some form of impact and light up the place if he gets his opportunity.

For now, the anticipation continues to grow. There’s a real feeling that we have something special on our hands with the former Yokohama man.

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