Japan forward Daizen Maeda scored his fourth goal of the season in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday as Celtic trounced Dundee 7-1 at home.

Maeda showed a deft first touch before curling a low left-footed effort into the far corner after 30 minutes at Celtic Park, making it 4-0 after Cameron Carter-Vickers, Adam Idah and Matt O'Riley all headed home.

Greg Taylor and Callum McGregor struck to make it 6-0 at the break before Daniel Kelly scored Celtic's last goal in the 63rd minute. Dundee went a man down but scored a late goal through Michael Mellon.

Celtic's Daizen Maeda (C) scores against Dundee during the first half of a Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Feb. 28, 2024. (Kyodo)

Celtic trail Old Firm rivals Rangers by two points at the top of the table.

Maeda joined Koki Ogawa and Kodai Sano as midweek Japanese goal scorers in Europe after the pair helped NEC Nijmegen reach the Dutch Cup final with a 2-1 extra-time comeback win over Cambuur on Tuesday.


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