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Daizen Maeda mirrors Reo Hatate in Japan position trial as Celtic star given defensive role

Daizen Maeda has been tried out as a wing-back for Japan as the Celtic star admits he's open to playing in a more defensive area.

The Hoops attacker has made his career in Glasgow as a relentless running machine whose pressing efforts and turn of pace have come up trumps for the club since he arrived. But during his international break with his fellow countrymen, the 26-year-old has been tasked with trying a new role for the team.

Hajime Moriyasu has tinkered with his formation in recent fixtures as we explained earlier this week when Daizen's teammate, Reo Hatate, was asked to play attacking midfield before being shifted to a wide position.

Now the manager has asked Maeda to play as a wing-back - a spot on the pitch he played as a younger man - to see exactly what he's made of.

The wide man still has the ability to go forward for Japan, but as Moriyasu tries out his three at the back, a lot more defensively is to be expected of Maeda. That won't faze him, though, as he said: "I'm an attacking player, so I can play forward, but totally fine with defense. Wing back is my first position in my career, but I'm having fun now."