Quick links


SPFL post video to mark Celtic hero Shensuke Nakamura's birthday

The former Celtic favourite and Japan international played 128 league games for the Bhoys during a four-year stay and the midfielder has just turned 37.

A dead-ball specialist during his time at Parkhead, Shensuke Nakamura remains a favourite among Celtic supporters and fans of Scottish football in general, with a special highlights reeled created this week to mark his 37th birthday.

Nakamura, who still plays football for Yokohama F. Marinos in his homeland, won three Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish League Cup crowns and the Scottish Cup during his time at Celtic Park.

The high point of his stay in Glasgow came in 2007, when he won both the SPFA Players' Player of the Year and SFWA Footballer of the Year awards.

He was also named Celtic Player of the Year and Celtic Fans Player of the Year and took home the SPL goal of the season gong for a memorable effort against Dundee United on December 26th of that season.

Having previously spent time in Serie A with Reggina, Nakamura moved on to Spain and La Liga outfit Espanyol after his time at Celtic.

His stay with the Barcelona-based club would be short, however, with the midfielder making just 12 league appearances before returning to Japan.

Capped 98 times by the Samurai Blue from 2000 to 2010, Nakamura scored 24 goals for the national side.

But it's the 29 goals he scored in the colours of Celtic that were celebrated by the SPFL as a mark of appreciation to an Asian star that brought so much to the Scottish game.

Happy birthday Shensuke!

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch