Reo Hatate handed opportunity to impress ahead of World Cup alongside Celtic teammates

By Lewis Laird

September 15, 2022

Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate has been handed the opportunity to impress for Japan ahead of the Qatar World Cup taking place later this year.

In the early hours of this morning, the Japanese side for this month’s international break was announced as they prepare to play friendlies against USA and Ecuador.

As confirmed by reliable journalist Dan Orlowitz, Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate were all named in the 30-man squad for the two fixtures taking place at the end of September.

The matches against USA and Ecuador could have huge significance for all three Celtic players, with the Qatar 2022 World Cup going ahead in the winter of this year.

These friendly outings are one of the final opportunities Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu will have to look at options for his World Cup squad, with the selection date in November fast approaching.

From the outside looking in, it appears that both Kyogo and Daizen Maeda are almost certain to be named amongst the 26-man squad heading to the tournament after becoming regular features.

However, this period of games will be a huge opportunity for Reo Hatate to show his worth ahead of the prestigious competition.

The midfielder has made a brilliant start to the season and is clearly catching the eye of those in charge back in his homeland, who are keen to get a closer look later this month.

Hatate recently picked up his first cap for Japan back in March during a World Cup qualifier against Vietnam. But was only given 45 minutes to impress before being replaced.

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Having performed well at the highest level against the likes of Real Madrid, alongside Kyogo and Maeda, Hatate certainly deserves a shot to show why he should be in the Japanese squad heading for Qatar in November.

Of course, in facing the USA, the Celtic trio could be coming up again a fellow Hoops teammate who will also be looking to make his own impression ahead of the World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has also been selected for his nation’s squad and will be hoping that good performances can solidify his spot within the side.

Thankfully, from a Celtic point of view, we won’t have to see all four players going too far across the globe, with the friendly matches taking place in Germany.

So, we wish our Bhoys all the very best, and hopefully, they can make a solid impression to earn a spot at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, joining the likes of Josip Juranovic.

In other news, Real Madrid left it late but have just done Celtic a big favour.