New Celtic signing posts heartwarming Instagram farewell as he opens up on "dream"

By Euan Davidson

January 4, 2022

New Celtic signing Reo Hatate has shared a heartwarming farewell to Kawasaki Frontale on Instagram.

Hatate, 24, was part of a triple signing for Celtic, with Ange Postecoglou utilising the J League market to bring in the midfielder. Yokohama F Marinos forward Daizen Maeda and Gamba Osaka man Yosuke Ideguchi also joined the Bhoys on New Year’s Eve.

Kawasaki Frontale is the only club, up to now, that Hatate has played for. He joined the J League side in 2019, and has since won 2 top-flight titles. His 77 appearances have yielded 12 goals and 10 assists, playing in a variety of positions [Transfermarkt].

This afternoon, he took to Instagram to wish Kawasaki Frontale fans a fond goodbye, an opened up on his “dream” that’s now been achieved.

He said: “I will transfer to Celtic FC.

“I really enjoyed my days at Kawasaki Frontale. It was a short time of two years, but I had a lot of experience. I’ve come this far with the support of my family, staff, and teammates. Thank you very much.

“Playing abroad… was one of my dreams. I think I will have a [testing] time in soccer, personal life, language, food and so on. I want to absorb a lot of things as a person and as a player and grow.

“I am really grateful to the club for respecting this decision. Thank you very much.

“And supporters, I will do my best to have my chant sung by [fans at the] Todoroki someday. Thank you to everyone involved in Kawasaki Frontale.

“I will continue to do my best in my own way.

“Thank you very much.”

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Fair to say, Hatate is exactly the kind of midfield creator Celtic need. With Rogic and Turnbull being relied upon heavily, there’s little surprise that both have had injury problems this season. Hatate has played left-back at times, but that seems like something of a red herring. A makeshift option amidst a crisis, rather than a left-back signing.

His range of passing and his vision lend themselves well to what Ange Postecoglou is building at Celtic. Maeda will get most of the headlines, but Hatate and Ideguchi are smart, shrewd signings by the Celtic boss.

There’s something heartening about the respect our new players have for their former employers. That includes Ange Postecoglou, as well, given the admiration he commanded in the J League.

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But each of our new players, just as Kyogo was when he left Vissel Kobe, seem to prioritise sending their gratitude to the fans who sang their name before Celtic came calling.

It’s just very nice to see. Hopefully, Hatate and co. will have a similarly fruitful relationship with fans at Celtic Park.

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