• Kyodo News


Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, who has helped Celtic to clinch the Scottish Premier League title for two straight seasons, says it’s about time for him to learn English.

“After coming to Celtic I tried to be recognized in football, first of all,” he said in a recent interview with the Asahi Shimbun. “(Now) I feel like getting started in English lessons which I have been planning to tackle when I can manage it.” Nakamura, 29 next month, moved to Glasgow in 2005 after three seasons at Serie A club Reggina.

The left-footed dead-ball specialist was voted Player of the Year by the Scottish Professional Footballers’ Association hours after Celtic’s title triumph on April 22 and also won the Goal of the Season honor. At the award ceremony, he was seen speaking through an interpreter.

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