Celtic winger keen for more success as season draws nearer

Daizen Maeda has opened up on his desire for more success at Celtic as the beginning of the season draws closer. Since his move to Scotland in early 2022, Maeda has enjoyed tremendous success with Celtic, this is likely why the winger signed a 4-year deal earlier this summer. From 71 appearances, Maeda has secured four trophies and 19 goals with Celtic.

In such a short time at Celtic, Maeda has helped Celtic write history as they won an amazing 8th domestic treble. With all of this success already under his belt, Daizen Maeda has revealed that he is still thirsty for more. Maeda also mentions how settled he feels in Scotland since his move back in early 2022. As reported by STV, the Celtic star said that he is keen to continue his successful spell with the club. 

“It is amazing to be able to play for Celtic for many more years. I would like to share the joy and happiness with the supporters and have more success again.”

“I can’t live in a place where my family doesn’t settle well. Fans and supporters in the city and at the nursery for my kids have helped us a lot, so now we feel that the city is very comfortable to live.”

Daizen Maeda of Celtic celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the Viaplay Cup Semi-final match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Hampden Park on January 14, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Celtic’s pre-season fixtures in Japan quickly approaching, Maeda has revealed his thoughts on Brendan Rodgers and the upcoming fixtures. He continued…

“He is a fantastic manager,” Maeda said. “As a team, we are aiming to achieve success again with the new gaffer this season. Individually, I want to perform better than last season.”

“I went back to Japan recently for national-team duty, but it will be the first time to go back and play some games as a Celtic player, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Celtic’s Japanese striker Daizen Maeda during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Celtic FC and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Celtic Park , on October 25, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“Marinos are a strong team. The team was strong when I was there too, and they have been winning the league recently but, yes, I want to beat them. They are pre-season games. We have to try to win but also we will be playing to prepare for next season.”

Maeda certainly played a huge part in last season’s Treble win and proved to be a valuable asset in the Celtic attack. Perhaps with Brendan Rodgers at the helm, Maeda will be able to move up a level in his game, so he can reach the goals he is setting out for himself.

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