Kyogo opens up on the impact of Reo Hatate; a 'core part' of Celtic side

By Lewis Laird

May 23, 2022

Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has been full of praise for fellow Hoops’ teammate and countryman Reo Hatate.

Furuhashi kickstarted the Ange Postecoglou era at Parkhead on his arrival from the J-League last summer as the Celtic boss looked to use his knowledge of the Asian market.

It didn’t take too long for the 56-year old to dive back into the J-League for more signings, adding a further three in the January window.

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One of those three additions included talented midfielder Reo Hatate.

The former Kawasaki Frontale man has been another revelation under Postecoglou, playing a pivotal role in the title push across the second half of the campaign.

Speaking in an interview with Japanese television, Kyogo was asked to provide his thoughts on Hatate in a short video clip, as translated by Japan Times journalist Dan Orlowitz.

The Japanese internationalist praised his teammate, stating that he is a core part of the team, whilst also teasing Hatate for his nervous side in the Celtic dressing room.

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He said, as cited by Orlowitz: “Reo are you getting nervous as usual while talking? You’ve got this!”

Kyogo continued, stating: “Everyone trusts him as a core part of the team; he’s reliable. I’m glad I can play together with such a reassuring teammate.

“I don’t know if he’s the nervous type, but if you keep teasing him, his (good) personality comes out.

“He has a certain way of walking… everyone imitates it, and that gets a laugh out of him.

“At first, I didn’t know what kind of person he was, but he’s fun to talk to and fun to play with.”

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Still even more to come from Celtic duo

It has been a brilliant first season in the Green and White Hoops for both Kyogo and Hatate.

The Celtic duo scored a number of key goals in the push for the Premiership title, bringing the trophy back to Parkhead despite all the doubts at the beginning of the season.

However, it is easy to forget that neither of these players has had a pre-season under Postecoglou.

In Hatate’s case, the midfielder has played an incredible number of games this year, effectively playing a season and a half if you include his campaign in Japan before coming to Glasgow.

So, this summer provides both players with a chance to rest and recuperate before coming back stronger going into pre-season.

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