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Last Updated: Friday, 29 July 2005, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Nakamura arrival excites Strachan
Gordon Strachan welcomes Shunsuke Nakamura to Celtic
Shunsuke Nakamura will wear No.25
Beleaguered Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has welcomed the signing of Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura as a welcome shot in the arm.

And Chinese skipper Du Wei will arrive next week for a trial with the club still reeling from their 5-0 Champions League hammering by Artmedia.

"The players will appreciate him and we need some right good players," Strachan said of his 2.5m signing from Reggina.

"Hopefully, he will add a change of pace to the side."

Celtic fans will have to wait a week for Nakamura, who signed a three-year contract, to make his debut.

He will not feature in the Scottish Premier League opener against Motherwell on Saturday and is not eligible for Celtic's attempt at what would be an amazing comeback in Tuesday's return leg against Artmedia.
He has got imagination and he sees passes other people can't see
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan

"He had a long flight and he is all over the place," said Strachan.

"I hope that he fulfils his potential. I enjoy good football and good footballers.

"He has got imagination and he sees passes other people can't see.

"I just want him to enjoy himself and play his usual football on the football field."

Nakamura is far from fazed by the attention and the expectancy levels.

He said: "I saw so many media and people so it looks as though there is a lot of attention on me.

"But I am happy to be a Celtic player and look forward to playing for the fans now."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell had entered protracted negotiations to secure the signature.

"The opportunities he will bring in terms of commercial spin-offs, especially in Japan and the Far East, are of great interest," he said.

"One of the most complicated aspects of the negotiations was the player's image rights, which Celtic have secured.

"This could lead to an increase in merchandising sales in the Far East, as well as a significant boost for our other services and products."

Lawwell disclosed that there could be more signings, with 23-year-old centre-back Du Wei due to arrive in the hope of securing a 800,000 move from Shanghai Shenhua.

"That's not necessarily our final signing," said Lawwell.

"We still have four or five weeks before the deadline, so we will see how things go.

"He'll be here on Sunday night and will be training with us for the week just to see how things are so that's confirmed."

That appeared to take Strachan by surprise, the manager having said previously that Nakamura would be his seventh and last signing of the summer.



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