JOSIP JURANOVIC admits he was impressed by new arrivals Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi after the Japanese trios made their Celtic debuts in last night’s 2-0 win over Hibernian.

It took Maeda less than four minutes to grab his first goal in green-and-white while his compatriot Hatate was a stand-out in midfield, picking out his team-mates with ease and covering a lot of ground.

Juranovic’s spot-kick gave Ange Postecoglou’s side some breathing space and Ideguchi was brought on for the last 15 minutes or so, performing well in his brief cameo.

Hatate was named man of the match at Parkhead and Juranovic was pleased to see his new team-mates quickly settle into life in Glasgow.

“It’s incredible,” the Croatian said of the Japanese triumvirate. “It’s their first match and they played really well. I cannot wait to see them in the future.

“The lads played really well, the whole team. Also, the guys on the bench supporting us. I think that we played really well from the first minute until the last.

“Congratulations to the new guys that came in. It was their first game in front of our fans and they played really well.”

On-loan Benfica winger Jota, Giorgos Giakoumakis – who finished last season as the top scorer in the Dutch top flight – and Mikey Johnston all clambered off the bench for the game’s closing exchanges.

Juranovic sees this as proof of the strength in depth that the Celtic squad currently possesses and the 26-year-old expects the competition for places for the rest of the season to be fierce.

“That’s how you know we are some team,” he reasoned. “On the bench we also had [Anthony] Ralston, Mikey, [Giorgios] Giakoumakis, Jota – we have incredible players, really.”