Re: Japanese Abroad 2005-2006 Trophy hunt spurs on Nakamura MANCHESTER – Japan international Shunsuke Nakamura has revealed that an overwhelming desire to win silverware was the principal reason behind his high profile summer move to Scottish side Celtic. Nakamura, who joined the Bhoys on a three-year deal from Serie A outfit Reggina last July, has been a key factor behind the table-topping domestic campaign of Gordon Strachan’s charges and, not surprisingly, with a CIS Cup final against Dunfermline already in his diary, the 27-year-old feels his decision to swap Italy for Scotland in a bid for honours has been fully justified. “It was an important decision for me to make in the summer, not only from a professional point of view but also for my family,” the 2004 Asian Cup’s MVP told the Glasgow Evening Times newspaper. “When I found out Celtic were interested it was an attractive option and it was exciting. Every player starts their career wanting to win trophies and you have a chance to do that at Celtic. “There are lots of other clubs in Scotland wanting success too, so you have to go out and fight in every game. But we are in the final of the CIS Cup and are also top of the league so we have a good chance to be successful. “From a personal point of view, it would be fantastic to win the championship in my first season in Scotland and perhaps the CIS Cup. That would be great as it is what I wished for when I joined. I wanted to be in a winning team. “Obviously, I understand there is a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season and we are not taking anything for granted. The manager (Strachan) tells us that on a regular basis,” added a cautious Nakamura. Despite a string of superb performances, the former Yokohama F Marinos midfielder has, by his own admission, struggled to adapt to the rough and tumble of life in the Scottish Premier League. With opponents seemingly happy to kick Nakamura out of the game, Celtic Park’s Asian import is naturally keen to change that particular aspect of life in Glasgow. “If I could start again, I would try to have made myself stronger when I was younger. But, I am trying now and I am getting used to it. “I have always practiced free-kicks and you are never done from trying to make yourself better. A lot of it is down to confidence. If you are playing well, you have a better chance of scoring.” Nakamura, with four goals to his credit already this season, was also quick to praise the way fans and players alike have helped him settle into his new surroundings. “Celtic have a huge support – 60,000 fans turn up to watch us at every home game. Also every day after training there are fans waiting. One of the biggest differences between playing in Scotland and Italy is the support. “They understand the game well and they appreciate skill. The Celtic fans see what you are trying to do and that helps so much. “The players have also made me feel welcome. We are a strong group and we are focusing on winning each game as it comes and hopefully winning a trophy or two this season.” Celtic resume their attempt to claim a 40th league title when they play Falkirk on Wednesday.