Nakamura is like Beckham and Ronaldinho, say Celtic
November 24, 2006 7:32pm CST
Celtic's Japanese star Shunsuke Nakamura has been compared to David Beckham and world player of the year Ronaldinho after his sensational Champions League free-kick winner against Manchester United. The 28-year-old scored the only goal of the game at Parkhead in midweek to send Celtic into the knockout stages of Europe's premier club tournament for the first time. Celtic assistant manager Tommy Burns believes Nakamura is fast becoming recognized as one of the world's true set-piece talents. "Every now and then Beckham and Ronaldinho will come up with a special free kick. Naka's definitely up there with them," Burns told the Glasgow Evening Times. The Scottish champions are adamant that they can hang onto Nakamura who signed a new contract last summer. "I'm sure people will cast envious eyes towards us and Nakamura," said Burns. "Football being football, in a year or two he may want to try something else. "But, for Celtic, the important thing is the here and now, and Naka is doing fantastically well for us. Long may it continue."