INCOMING Celtic striker Daizen Maeda said his farewells to Yokohama F.Marinos after signing off with a goal to become joint top scorer in Japanese football.

The Hoops seem certain to snap up the 24-year-old and appear to be well down the line to land countrymen Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate too.

Maeda scored his 23rd goal of the season at the weekend in a draw against Kawasaki as they finished in runners-up position to Kawasaki Frontale and he finished level on goals with their Brazilian hitman Leandro Damiao.

And the Japanese international appeared to leave it in little doubt that he's scored his last goal for the club.

Maeda said: "I never imagined I would end the season as top scorer in the league. I feel I have been able to prove I was a good signing here.

"As always it was great to score, but I would have liked to have ended the season with a win.

"I've had a great season although I am disappointed we never managed to win the title, but on a personal level, I am very proud I was able to finish as top scorer. I always want more goals. You can never score enough.

"I believe this team can go on and have a great season next year too. Whatever happens, Marinos are a great club.

"I've never hidden my ambition to play in Europe. When I tried before in Portugal, Covid ruined it for me.

"This season has changed everything for me. Goals and a call-up for my country. For me, it's just the start."