Kawasaki Frontale mascot's goodbye message to new Celtic signing Reo Hatate

By David Walton

January 5, 2022

Kawasaki Frontale’s mascot, Fronta-Kun, has stated on Twitter that Reo Hatate has now officially left Japan for Scotland as the new Celtic man prepares to arrive.

The Hoops signed up the 2x J-League title-winner as part of an exciting triple-deal involving Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi respectively.

Celtic are currently in the midst of a winter break. However, with their next match on January 17th against Hibernian, they’ll want their new men in training as soon as possible to get them in contention for the resumption of the league. And below, Frontale’s dolphin mascot said his goodbyes on social media:

The message above states: “Reo left late yesterday night. I’m now more and more lonely. Play a lot of games”

An interesting maneuver from the club to say the least. Could you imagine Hoopy having his own social media account and reacting to player departures? Maybe even results or controversial refereeing decisions?

Unfortunately, we’ll likely never see it. But regardless, Hatate is now on his way and hopefully takes part in training before the end of the week.

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Reo Hatate – can he make an immediate impact at Celtic Park?

So the big question that will be hovered over not just Hatate but all of Celtic’s J-League signings is whether they can make a big impact at Parkhead and an immediate one.

Kyogo Furuhashi’s electric start to life at Celtic has certainly risen expectations. So much so that there’s now perhaps an unfair level of demand attached to the new arrivals.

It’s important to remember just how big a step it is to up sticks and move from Japan to Scotland. Not just in a football sense, but culturally too. We’re talking about a totally new lifestyle that can take some time to adjust.

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So hopefully all 3 players will be given the time and patience they need to really make a big impact at Celtic Park. It’s not as if it’s going to be a routine adjustment. Kyogo made it look that way, but that says more about him than it does the nature of the transition.

Still, Hatate arrives at Celtic Park with trophy success and experience to his name. If anyone is ready to make the move to Europe it’s him.

All eyes now on what he can provide on the pitch. There’s certainly a strong element of excitement that’s coming with the unknown here.

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