Postecoglou shares what Celtic fans haven't seen from Reo Hatate yet and it could be special

By John McGinley

February 4, 2022

Reo Hatate has been an instant hit at Celtic, there’s absolutely no denying that.

From his stunning strike against Hearts at Tynecastle to his double against Rangers, the Japanese midfielder has made a huge impact since joining the club in January.

Yet there is more to come. Much more, if you listen to Ange Postecoglou.

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The one downside of Hatate’s performances for Celtic so far has been his inability to see out a full 90 minutes at the energy he starts games with. We’ve seen him drop out of matches after phenomenal first halves.

This was to be expected of course given the context of his arrival at the Bhoys in the middle of the Japan off-season. Now Postecoglou has stated that finishing games well is actually a key part of his overall game.

Speaking to Sky Sports this afternoon, the Bhoys boss said: “Yes there is more to come. The Japanese season finished early December. He had his off-season then he came in for a week’s training and we kind of threw him into games.

“It’s only natural his fitness will improve. It’s a big part of his game but people haven’t seen that yet. He finished games strongly and we haven’t seen that yet. He’s adjusted really well and that’s a testament to the environment we’ve got here.”

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This is exciting. If Hatate has a reputation for being a 90-minute iron man, then can you imagine how much more of an impact he can make at Celtic in the coming weeks and months?

He’s already demolishing the opposition in 45 minutes, give him a full game and tired legs and who knows what else he can achieve game by game.

Hatate is hardly going to be left wanting for game time given the upcoming schedule so it won’t be long before Postecoglou’s words start coming true on the pitch.

In other news, Ange provides Friday update after Celtic captain reveals he’s playing with broken bones.