Tomoki Iwata eyeing more silverware after signing on the dotted line at Celtic Park

Tomoki Iwata has insisted he is eyeing up more success and silverware at Celtic Park following his initial loan spell at the club. The Japanese MVP joined the club on a short-term contract before it was converted by the Celtic heirarchy and new boss, Brendan Rodgers, into a permanent stay in the green and white jersey.

Joining in January of this year, the unassuming character of Iwata fitted in very nicely to the squad and overall system when deployed – although it’s very debatable if he can play centre-back for the club even if we are in a bit of an injury bind. Despite that though, the former Yokohama F. Marinos player performed well and did the less glamourous side of the game excellently in that short spell.

Tomoki Iwata of Celtic FC

Tidy in possession too, Tomoki could prove to be a real steal yet again from a market that has been sorely underused and undervalued by European clubs for some time now. After sealing his switch permanently to the Scottish Premiership Champions, the sitting midifelder said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I came in last season and really felt how big a club this is and how great Celtic is during that six months.

“I feel that I need to lift up my level for the new season, so I’m looking forward to it but also, I want to prepare very well. I joined the team in the middle of the season. I felt that I settled well into the team but, personally, I wanted to help the team more. This season we will try to win the same titles. We’re aiming for more success and, within that, I want to perform well too.”

Sounds good to us, Tomoki!

Paul Gillespie

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