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Former Celtic great Shunsuke Nakamura ‘set to retire’ THIRTEEN years after leaving Glasgow as the 44-year-old hangs up his boots with J-League promotion for Yokohama FC

  • Shensuke Nakamura is set to announce his retirement from football aged 44
  • The Japanese star spent a memorable four-year spell with Celtic from 2005
  • Nakamura will end his career by securing Yokohama’s promotion to the top tier

Celtic icon Shunsuke Nakamura is set to hang up his boots, 13 years after he left the  Glasgow giants.

The midfielder, now aged 44 is unbelievably still plying his trade at Japanese second tier side Yokohama FC, but according to the Japan Times will bring the curtain down on his career at the end of their season.

That campaign comes to a conclusion this coming weekend, and Nakamura will be bowing out in style, having helped secure promotion for his team to the J1 League.

Japanese star Shensuke Nakamura is set to retire from from football after a 26-year career

Japanese star Shensuke Nakamura is set to retire from from football after a 26-year career

Nakamura spent a memorable four years with Celtic where he won three Scottish titles

Nakamura spent a memorable four years with Celtic where he won three Scottish titles

Nakamura was signed by Gordon Strachan in 2005 and moved to Celtic in a £2.5million deal from Italian side Reggina.

In four seasons the Japanese star won three SPL titles, a Scottish Cup and two League cups, making 166 appearances for the club and scoring 34 goals.

The Japan international was known for his set-piece ability and twice scored memorable free-kicks for the Glasgow club in the Champions League against Manchester United.

Nakamura signed for Celtic in 2005 in a £2.5million deal from Reggina and played 166 times

Nakamura signed for Celtic in 2005 in a £2.5million deal from Reggina and played 166 times

Fans will recall Nakamura's memorable Champions League free-kicks against Man Utd

Fans will recall Nakamura’s memorable Champions League free-kicks against Man Utd

After leaving Celtic in 2009, Nakamura moved to Espanyol before going back home and turning out for Yokohama Mariners and later Jubilo Iwata in the J1 League.

Over a 26-year career he earned 98 caps for Japan, scoring 24 goals and was part of the national team squad at the 2006 World Cup.

Nakamura retried from International duty in 2010 and now will end his domestic career at Yokohama FC, the club he signed for in 2019.

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