Celtic hero Chris Sutton claims Rangers "fear" Daizen Maeda after his recent performances against the Ibrox side.

The Japan international netted his second goal of the season during the recent victory over Livingston and the Englishman feels the forward has a psychological edge over Light Blues captain James Tavernier.

Sutton reckons Maeda's recent showing during the Hoops 1-0 victory at Ibrox showed how much of a threat the 25-year-old can be.

Writing in the Daily Record, he said: "You look at the games against Rangers. I’d bet Maeda is one of the first names on the team sheet.

"He completely nullifies the attacking threat of James Tavernier down that flank – while also posing a danger himself.

"He’s been absolutely vital in these games. Tavernier’s heart must sink when he sees his name on the team sheet.

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"In games like Saturday’s, he’s worth his weight in gold. Rodgers could keep two men up front because he knew Maeda would cover the yards.

“I know Rodgers sees him as a central striker and the only question was about his finishing if he plays there. It doesn’t hold him back when he plays for Japan.

“He played there in pre-season and he really looked the part. But I understand why he’s been used more out wide again because Celtic have injuries in those areas and new signings who are still getting up to speed.

"We might see him moving inside more once Liel Abada is back and Luis Palma and Marco Tillio are fully integrated into the squad. But I’m convinced Maeda will only get better.

“He’s only 25 and is developing all the time. It doesn’t really matter where he is on the pitch as you know he’s going to work the legs off defenders and really help his team.”