'Massive' - Danny Mills drops Celtic transfer verdict after Sky reveal in last 24 hrs

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Danny Mills has backed Daizen Maeda to hit the ground running at Celtic if he completes a move.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender suggested the early winter break could help Maeda become fully integrated into his new club.

Sky Sports reported on Thursday (30 December) Celtic have reached an agreement in principle to sign the Japan striker, 24, on an initial loan deal.

The Hoops would then have an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Maeda, who worked with Ange Postecoglou at Yokohoma F. Marinos, ended the J-League 1 season as the top goalscorer with 23 goals in 36 appearances.

“It will be somebody that Postecoglou is fully aware and will probably have a lot more knowledge than anybody else – he’ll use that to his advantage,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“If you can get those players in, get them settled into the team’s way of playing, ethic and shape then it gives you a fantastic chance of putting them into the team earlier. Usually, you’d have to drip feed them in off the bench for quite a while.

“Kyogo arrived in the morning and made his debut the same day and that makes it difficult.

“The sooner you can get business done and get quality in like Maeda, especially with them coming from abroad, to work with everybody else is a massive benefit.”

Kyogo made his Celtic debut against Hearts at the end of August after only meeting his teammates at the hotel that morning.

He has gone on to score 16 times in 26 games for the Hoops and quickly established himself as a fans favourite.

In other news, a club insider has revealed Celtic are well placed to seal a £2.5m signing which is ‘a brilliant deal for everyone’.

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