Confirmed: Daizen Maeda completes permanent Celtic move; set for Yokohama farewell ceremony

By Lewis Laird

May 23, 2022

Yokohama F Marinos have confirmed that Celtic loanee Daizen Maeda has completed his permanent move to Glasgow.

The 24-year old joined Ange Postecoglou’s side last January, having previously worked with the Celtic boss during his time at Yokohama.

Maeda had a productive end to the season, playing his role in the Hoops title charge, scoring eight goals and assisting a further five in his 22 appearances for the club.

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The rapid frontman originally joined the club on a loan deal until the end of the season. However, Celtic stated on several occasions that the agreement included an obligation to buy in the summer.

That deal looks to now have officially been completed, with Yokohama confirming this morning that Maeda has joined the club on a permanent deal.

Maeda is set to have one last send-off at his former side as a guest of honour at their next game on Wednesday evening against Kyoto Sanga.

With the Celtic forward’s deal officially being confirmed, it makes the first piece of business conducted by Postecoglou during the summer window.

Although it was always agreed that this was to be the case, I am sure the Celtic boss will be delighted at securing Maeda’s services on a four-year deal.

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The former Yokohama man’s ability in the Celtic frontline has impressed many supporters, especially his pressing of opposition backlines.

Maeda now has the prospect of international football with Japan to look forward to before a period of rest ahead of pre-season at the beginning of July.

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