Video: Yokohama F. Marinos supporters' classy ovation for Celtic star Daizen Maeda

By David Walton

May 25, 2022

Yokohama F. Marinos supporters today gave out a classy ovation for Celtic hero Daizen Maeda as he made a farewell appearance today.

Maeda is a guest of the club’s for today’s J League clash against Kyoto Sanga. It comes days after the Japanese side confirmed he would be joining Celtic permanently this summer.

Marinos decided to present both he and fellow former star Ado Onaiwu, who left for Toulouse back in July, on a lap of honour around the stadium before the game. And below, we take a look at some clips of the reception they both received:

Maeda has been a real find for Celtic since joining back in the January transfer window. The forward managed to net 8 goals and 5 assists in what would be a title-winning campaign for the Hoops.

However, he did so after making a name for himself in the J-League with Marinos. Daizen initially joined the club on loan back in 2020 before making his move permanent at the beginning of the 2021 campaign.

Daizen finished joint top-scorer in the J-League last season too, despite moving to Celtic Park a month before the end of the Japanese football season.

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You can see in the clips above just what the supporters and the club think of the Celtic man. He clearly left as a real fans-favourite, with both he and Odaiwu real assets for them in the final third.

It’s a great touch from Yokohama to bring them back and have them go and receive their well-deserved applause. It gives everyone associated with the club a bit of closure and a chance to say thank you to the players.

Maeda wouldn’t be at Celtic Park had Yokohama Marinos not taken a chance on him back in 2020. He has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to his former club, and he’ll know it too.

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Now, however, Daizen is looking at what’s in front of him. His move to Parkhead has already been justified by qualification to the UEFA Champions League. He’ll be absolutely desperate to make an impact in the competition too.

Maeda is of course just one of several terrific J League signings for Celtic over the course of the 2021/22 campaign. Reo Hatate and Kyogo Furuhashi both played key roles in securing the title. Yosuke Ideguchi, meanwhile, will be hoping to make a similar impact next season.

It’ll be intriguing to see whether Ange Postecoglou dips his toes into the Japanese market once again this summer. Certainly when it comes to Maeda, it looks like we’ve won a watch.

In other news, Report: Celtic closing in on Jota/CCV double-signing as transfer work kickstarts