Kawasaki Frontale supporters flood in emotional goodbyes to Celtic man Reo Hatate

By David Walton

January 5, 2022

The Kawasaki Frontale supporters were quick to pile in with their emotional goodbyes to new Celtic signing Reo Hatate today.

Hatate made his way from Japan to Scotland last night after the news was bizarrely confirmed by the club’s mascot on Twitter.

Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

The midfielder moves to Scotland after being signed up along with fellow J-League stars Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi.

Hatate leaves Frontale a hero after managing to bag 2 titles with the J-League club. However, the big question mark is whether he’s capable of making the step-up to both Celtic and European football.

The move to Parkhead will be the player’s first outside of his homeland. Expectation will also be high given the recent success of Kyogo Furuhashi after his arrival from Vissel Kobe in the summer.

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Celtic fans will understand that patience will still be required. Just because of Kyogo’s success, we can’t go forgetting just how much of a cultural difference this move will be for the player. Not everyone will take to it as quickly as Furuhashi.

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Even so, it’s clear we’re getting a footballer that was highly adored with his previous club. A player who has done all there is to do in Japanese football as he looks for the next step.

Hatate has experience of playing in a variety of forward roles, but was mostly used by Kawasaki as a central midfielder. Given the competition we have in that area at the moment, it’ll take some going to break into the team and make a spot his own.

But that’s all part of the excitement. Whether he and his J-League colleagues can adapt to such a demanding and high-profile environment.

And the early signs show that we’re getting a player who wasn’t just appreciated in Japan, but isolised by the Kawasaki supporters. Here, we take a look at some of the Twitter reactions to his departure from Japan last night:

@mikan588139491: “Very lonely! Loneliness gradually coming! Hang in there!”

@mimimichaaannn2: “I should have been prepared for him to leave for a long time. But when I heard that he was leaving, I couldn’t help but feel lonely. Good luck Reo, I’ll be watching you all the time.”

@Y_Masashi: “Please go to Scotland for further training in Europe and reach further heights. And please come back to Kawasaki someday. And the CL competition may not be in such a distant future.”

@yu_matsu0419: “Did you finally head to Celtic? I want to see him play an active part with them as soon as possible. And I wonder if it will be an environment that can be seen locally as soon as possible.”

@yug_fronta_123: “Reo left. I want him to come back to Frontale and listen to the cheering song. Get regular games with Celtic and play an active part.”

@shigehide67: “Good luck Reo. I’m supporting you!”

@milinzhuli: “Did Reo finally leave for Scotland? Please do your best”

@vista626: “Welcome. Please play an active part. I’m waiting for the good news!”

In other news, French Report: Ligue 1 club drop out of transfer chase for Celtic-linked Zinedine Ferhat