Celtic star Reo Hatate's class message to Kawasaki Frontale supporters today
Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate delivered a classy message to Kawasaki Frontale supporters as he returned home to say goodbye.
Hatate won 2 consecutive titles with his former club before moving to Celtic Park in January 2022. He then went on to bag a Scottish Premiership winner’s medal with the Japanese midfielder playing a pivotal role in Ange Postecoglou’s midfield.
However, his swift departure for Glasgow meant that he wasn’t able to say goodbye to the Kawasaki supporters. Today, he was given that opportunity before their game against Shonan Bellmare, as he delivered a brilliant thank you message and urged supporters to keep backing him on his Celtic Park journey.
His on-field message has been reported by Nikkan Sports, with Reo saying the following in his pre-game speech:
“I am nervous because I am not good at this kind of thing. I am happy to be able to greet you today because I was not able to greet you before I left for Celtic. I think it is because of these two years that I was able to win the championship at Celtic.
“I would like to ask for your continued support for Reo Hatate. I am also supporting Kawasaki Frontale to win the league championship for three years in a row, so please support us.”
Reo Hatate asks Kawasaki Frontale fans for support as Celtic adventure continues
Hatate clearly still has a strong affection for Kawasaki and no wonder given the title success they shared together.
It was obvious as Celtic supporters how much energy he was putting into last season. He’s already spoken about how much tiredness affected him during his first few months at Celtic Park [The Herald].
The truth is that nobody needed the summer break more than Reo. Out of all of our summer and January signings, he was the one individual that was showing the biggest level of weariness. Totally understandable given trophy day against Motherwell ended a 15-month season for him. That’s nearly 2 full campaigns for most players.
We won’t really see the best of Reo until next season. It wasn’t all about on-field adaption either. He still needs to be given the proper time to settle into Scotland and get used to the culture here. That’s an important element that too many forget.
We’ll see how all of this develops next season. Hatate should’ve received a lot more confidence having won the title despite not being at his best this term. He was still hugely influential and he’ll know that too.
The levels he could reach next year are exciting for that reason alone. Hopefully, he truly is about to explode come the 2022/23 campaign.