Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side appear to be closing in on a deal to bring Daizen Maeda to Parkhead in January.
In recent comments cited by Fansided, the Daily Record journalist Scott Burns stated his belief that Celtic’s move for the Yokohama F. Marinos centre-forward appears to have a high probability of going through, something which backs up reports that claimed the Bhoys are close to securing a deal for the 24-year-old this winter.
Speaking about the Hoops’ interest in Maeda, Burns said: “Maeda is another player Ange Postecoglou knows well and if he comes in, which is likely, or another striker then January will be a time for Albian Ajeti to go out the door.”
Considering just how impressive Maeda has been so far this season, the news that Celtic could well be on the verge of signing the Japan international is sure to have left fans buzzing.
Indeed, over his 33 J League appearances this term, the £990k-rated man has bagged an extraordinary 20 goals, registered three assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.5 shots and making one key pass per game.
These returns have seen the man who Yokohama F. Marinos manager Kevin Muscat dubbed a “dream” average a SofaScore match rating of 7.12, ranking him as his club’s sixth-best performer in the top flight of Japanese football.
As such, considering the depth of attacking talent Postecoglou already possesses in his Celtic squad, with both Jota and Kyogo Furuhashi having highly impressed since joining the Bhoys this summer, the addition of a player with the goalscoring ability of Maeda would appear to bode extremely well for the Hoops’ chances of going on to reclaim their Scottish Premiership crown this season – something that would represent an extremely impressive debut campaign for the 56-year-old Celtic boss.