Strachan wants Nakamura stay

Japan playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura has been urged by Celtic manager Gordon Strachan to stay with the Glasgow giants beyond the end of this season.

Nakamura has indicated he could return to his native Japan for family and personal reasons when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign. However, Strachan wants the midfielder to stay with the Hoops, saying Nakamura should follow the example of Sir Alex Ferguson, who went back on his original decision to retire as manager of Manchester United.

"For everybody concerned, I would hope he would be here next year - but I will not put pressure on him," Strachan said Wednesday. If he goes back for his family, I don't have a problem with that.

"Sometimes you have a plan. Like Alex Ferguson, you think: 'I will retire.' But then he thought: 'Nah, I don't think so, I enjoy doing this," added Strachan, who played under his fellow Scot at both Aberdeen and United.

"We all have ideas about what we are going to do but, when it comes to the crunch, if you enjoy something, just keep at it."