New Celtic signing Reo Hatate lifts lid on life in Glasgow during Twitter Q+A

By Euan Davidson

January 21, 2022

At the moment, it’s hard to argue with the output of Celtic social media channels, especially when it comes to new signings like Reo Hatate.

Since the summer, the engagement with fans has been excellent. On that note, today we were treated to a Q+A with Hatate, who won Man of the Match on Monday night. Celtic’s official twitter page shared some excellent responses from the Japanese midfielder, as he fielded questions on hobbies, his abilities and how he’s settled into life in Glasgow.

Humble almost to a fault, Hatate sensationally described himself as not being the best midfielder on the world. However, highlights from Monday suggest otherwise.

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Regardless, Hatate’s interview was pretty interesting. Asked about how he’s adjusted to life at Celtic, he said [Celtic FC]: “In terms of football, all my teammates have high motivation and I think the training sessions and the game is very tough. In my daily life, the city itself is beautiful and people are very nice and will say hi to me.”

Asked about life outside football, Hatate said: “I like reading books, watching movies and I like coffee. Sometimes I’ll grind my own coffee beans! For now, I am watching a Japanese series called Bachelor.”

And then, on how it feels to be the world’s best midfielder: “I don’t know how it feels, I’m not the best midfielder in the world. But I’ll work hard to be the best midfielder!”

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Celtic signing Reo Hatate; a man of culture

Remember how wild it seemed when Erik Sviatchenko signed for Celtic, and talked about his love of art, fashion and culture?

Reo Hatate might’ve topped that. I’ve researched, and I can’t find anything on the big Dane grinding his own coffee beans. Given Reo Hatate’s work rate on Monday night, you’d have to assume he’d had a few pre-match cups to get him going.

Beyond anything else, Reo Hatate just seems really likeable. We’ve already seen his ability on a football pitch, and we’re hopeful he can carry momentum from that excellent debut forward into the rest of the season. However, it’s great finding out what players are like beyond the confines of the pitch.

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Especially when there’s something a little unusual. Or if not unusual, a bit unexpected.

To hear he’s already enjoying Glasgow is excellent too, of course. Last season it seemed as if signings weren’t able to fully integrate, and explore the city as they might like to. That can have a real effect on both morale and performances. Off the pitch stuff needs sorted out before you can perform on it, surely.

It’s great learning about our new signings. Maybe Reo Hatate will settle post-career and start a café in Glasgow when he hangs up his boots.

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