Celtic star Maeda handed Japan cameo in World Cup qualifier win over China

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Celtic star Maeda handed Japan cameo in World Cup qualifier win over China
Celtic star Maeda handed Japan cameo in World Cup qualifier win over China

CELTIC hero Daizen Maeda made an appearance for Japan from the bench in a 2-0 win over China.

The Parkhead forward joined up with the national team for crucial World Cup qualifiers against China and Saudi Arabia.

The international call-up means he won't be available for the match against Dundee United on Saturday or the Glasgow derby against Rangers on February 2.

He also missed last night's 2-1 win against Hearts at Tynecastle.

There were fears Celtic could lose a host of players to Japan call-ups with Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Kyogo Furuhashi in contention but only Maeda was named in the squad.

And he played half-an-hour in the 2-0 win over China today as he replaced Yuya Osako.

The Vissel Kobe forward netted the opener for his country with Junya Ito adding a second just minutes after Maeda's introduction.

Next up for the Samurai Blue is a top of the table clash with Saudi Arabia, on February 1, who currently sit one point above them in Third Round qualifying Group B.

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