Former Celtic hero Shunsuke Nakamura has revealed his delight at seeing fellow countryman Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, and Yosuke Ideguchi have early success in the Green and White Hoops.

Nakamura enjoyed great success during his time in Glasgow between 2005-2009 and is now glad to see players such as Kyogo thriving under Postecoglou, who, of course, also enjoyed a period of success in the 43-year olds nation with Yokohama F Marinos.

As quoted by Yahoo Japan, the former Hoops midfielder spoke out for the first time about the arrival of his four countrymen, stating that Celtic Park ‘is a very good environment’ to be playing their football.

“It is a very good environment.

“I’m glad that Japanese players are going to Celtic. I’m glad that the manager (Postecoglou) won the championship as the director of Marinos and that the manager has gone to Celtic.

“I hope those who are going do their best. I want that.”

It is great to hear Nakamura continuing to talk up his time in Glasgow, which paved the way for a lot of Japanese players to make their mark in Europe. Fans remember the midfielder fondly, and it sounds like it is the same for him when it comes to the club.

It has been a successful start for the four additions from the J-League by Postecoglou, and he will be hoping that continues into the second half of the campaign, with fans excited at what they saw on Monday night from debutants Maeda, Hatate and Ideguchi.


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