Daizen Maeda explains why his bald eagle look had to go

Celtic forward Daizen Maeda is away on international duty with Japan this week. And in his first sit-down with the press back in his homeland he’s tried to explain the burning question in Japanese football. Why has he ditch the ‘baldy heed’ to instead grow his hair?

Takumi Minamino

Daizen revealed that the change in hair style has nothing to do with style, fashion or football but is instead an instruction from his daughter. She apparently is no fan of her dad’s shaved head signature look! Instead wants Daizen to grow his hair so that he can look like his national teammate Takumi Minamino!


So bald is out and Daizen is unlikely to be frequenting a barbers anytime soon! He has to let it grown as he has got some way to go before he catches up with Minamino’s flowing locks.

Broony too has ‘done a Daizen’

Before Daizen arrived at the club Celtic’s most famous baldy was none other than our former captain Scott Brown. Yet since hanging up his boots and taking up management, Broony too has ‘done a Daizen’ and started to grow his hair.

Ayr United manager Scott Brown reacts after he was booked during the Scottish Cup match at Ibrox. theRangers v Ayr United, Scottish Cup, Fifth Round, 10 February 2024 Photo Kirkx O’Rourke/Shutterstock

These things can be confusing to the football supporter watching games. For instance it was only today watching the Unique Angle on Celtic TV that I realised that it was Daizen and not Nicolas Kuhn who was denied a penalty on Saturday. Today the VAR official was praised on Sky Sports after he decided to use ‘common sense’ when looking at incident.

Common sense rule

The St Johnstone player blocked a goalward bound effort with his elbow on the goal-line. Sitting in the Jock Stein stand I could have sworn it was the German winger and not Daizen who was denied by this new rule in the Scottish game, the common sense rule.

Ball hits elbow, from behind, at edge of the box, player’s eyes are closed – VAR official John Beaton looks at this still and decides to ignore the common sense rule. Or was he just incompetent?

Where was the common sense at Tynecastle a fortnight ago or is it only used when it’s going against Celtic?

These Scottish referees and VAR officials would have you pulling your hair out, but don’t tell Daizen.

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