With Kyogo Furuhashi out injured he was replaced by new bhoy Daizen Maeda to lead Celtic’s attack on Monday night and he had a dream start with a goal with his first touch.
He has followed this up with a call up to the Japan National team and his international boss Hajime Moriyasu had this to say about the Celtic attacker “What I expect from him is goals. He scored shortly into his debut for Celtic and he was the J1 top scorer last season. That’s what I want from him”
Maeda will now join Australian international Tom Rogic on the long hike home and he and Rogic will miss crucial Celtic games including the Glasgow Derby clash with the Rangers.
I was a lot more confident that Celtic’s Japanese players would not all be called up to the national team for Japan’s upcoming games after chatting to Japan Times journalist Dan Orlowitz before the squad was announced early this morning (Glasgow Time).
There was more good news for Ange Postecoglou when news filtered through that Cameron Carter-Vickers was not included in the USA squad.
Dan joined me on Celtic Fanzine TV and told us that Yosuke Ideguchi would not be in the Japanese manager’s thoughts, while Maeda most likely would be called up in the absence of the availability of his injured team mate Kyogo.
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He also told us Hajime Moriyasu may not select Reo Hatate to sit on the bench after travelling half way around the World when he could be playing for Celtic. Hatate and Guchi can now look forward to locking horns with the Rangers.
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