Celtic hero Reo Hatate makes classy return to Kawasaki Frontale training base

By David Walton

June 19, 2022

Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate has made a classy return to former club Kawasaki Frontale’s training base as he enjoys his off-season.

Hatate arrived at Celtic Park from Kawasaki where he managed to win 2 league titles and became a club hero. Reo would then follow that up with a superb Scottish Premiership winner’s medal within his first 5 months at Celtic.

And as he gears up for another huge season in Glasgow where he’ll enter the UEFA Champions League for the first time, Hatate has taken the time to revisit his old club’s training base. Kawasaki made the announcement over the weekend, putting the following on Twitter:

The tweet states that Reo visited the clubhouse and thanked everyone inside as he promised to return in the future.

Hatate was never truly able to say goodbye to his former club given he left at the end of the 2021 J-League campaign. The midfielder recently went back to his former club’s stadium, however, where he gave a short speech as he encouraged them to continue supporting him in Scotland.

Reo has made 21 appearances for Celtic already as he managed 4 goals and 3 assists during the second half of the campaign [Transfermarkt].

Reo Hatate revisiting his old stomping ground as he takes well-earned break

It looked as though Hatate had done his bit by heading back to the stadium and saying goodbye in a more official manner to the supporters. But this latest move shows just what a class act the Japanese international is.

He’ll of course know more about his relationship with those inside the Kawasaki Frontale training centre than we do. But even so, it’s not often you see big-time footballers make time for those behind the scenes. You have to admire this from Reo.

It appears he’s certainly been well-received by Kawasaki too. They have such a strong connection with the Celtic midfielder and will undoubtedly be hoping he continues to make a success of his career in Scotland.

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Hatate recently spoke about his first few months in Glasgow as he opened up on the struggles he’s had to endure. It was a brilliantly honest analysis from him as he hopes to be even more successful next term [From The Athlete].

Hopefully, his return to Japan during the off-season has been beneficial for him. It will have helped him get some closure with his former club whilst also being able to experience the comfort of friends and family.

Reo has a huge role to play at Celtic Park next term and it’s one we need him 100% ready for both physicaally and mentally. We can only hope the off-season has allowed him to do both.

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