Celtic put in an admirable performance at the weekend to maintain their position as Scottish Premiership league leaders. Despite going down to ten away at Livi’, the Hoops prevailed and ran out worthy 3-0 winners.

A number of Bhoys caught the eye in the victory, particularly winger Daizen Maeda. The Japan internationalist was here, there, and everywhere throughout the match, and deservedly scored late on.

His goal was a thing of beauty and one that manager Brendan Rodgers told him would come. Maeda said (Glasgow Times): “Even before the game on Saturday, he [Rodgers] told me I was going to score. I was very happy to repay his faith in me.”

Brendan Rodgers
Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Celtic – Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – September 3, 2023 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Irishman evidently believes in Maeda. After all, he did make the decision to reward the 25-year-old with a new contract over the summer.

So far, such a move has turned out to be a productive one. What Maeda brings to the team is so different to what any other attacker can.

His pace is unmatched, and his pressing ability and defensive contributions are commendable. He is one of only five players who have started every game so far this campaign for the Celts and on current form, that run will only continue.


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