"I knew I was going to shoot from that distance, because I knew I had space in front of me," he said. "I hit the ball so it would swerve, I meant that. It was my first goal against Rangers and that is obviously important to me.
Nakamura is refusing to get carried away with talk of a Celtic title revival.
"We need to keep this form going for the last five games of the season. I think it is most important that we score first - then we can manage to play good football."
It was noticeable that Nakamura drifted into the central area to make his most telling contribution, taking on more responsibility in a slightly reshaped midfield unit.