Japan forward Daizen Maeda netted Celtic’s opener Sunday in a 3-1 get away to Livingston in the Scottish Premier League.
The 24-calendar year-outdated attacker nodded in at the back again post in the 17th moment at Livingston’s Almondvale Stadium after keeper Max Stryjek parried Carl Starfelt’s header off a corner kick.
Daizen Maeda (38) of Celtic scores a purpose versus Livingston for the duration of a Scottish Premier League match in Livingston on March 6, 2022. (Kyodo)
Maeda had presented Celtic an early prospect to open their account, earning a penalty when his cutback struck defender Jack Fitzwater on the arm.
Although Celtic captain Callum McGregor fired the spot-kick into the article, Livingston experienced only a quick reprieve till Maeda found the net.
An own purpose prolonged the guide in advance of James Forrest set Celtic up 3- in the 55th minute, racing into the box and scoring from a restricted angle. Andrew Shinnie pulled one particular back for the hosts a minute later on.
The gain retained Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side on best of the SPL table with a a few-level buffer around defending champions and bitter crosstown rivals Rangers.
Maeda, who arrived at Celtic in January from J-League outfit Yokohama F Marinos, brought his tally to three in the SPL and 5 throughout all competitions for the Glasgow club.
His efficiency Sunday gained sturdy praise from Postecoglou, who stated the Japanese striker contributed significantly much more to the club than just objectives.
“Sadly for (strikers), occasionally that’s the only matter they get measured by,” former Marinos manager Postecoglou told the formal Celtic site.
“(But) he is been actually great for us and once again today I assumed his do the job-price, his pressuring, his running was superb, and I’m delighted for him to get his objective as effectively.”
Maeda’s Samurai Blue teammate Reo Hatate arrived off the bench late for Celtic, though countryman Yosuke Ideguchi did not engage in. Celtic’s other Japanese intercontinental, Kyogo Furuhashi, stays sidelined by injury.