Reo Hatate responds to hearing his latest Celtic song yesterday; states season intent

By John McGinley

July 24, 2022

Reo Hatate was delighted to hear the love of the Celtic support yesterday, with the latest song dedicated to him given an airing throughout the 90 minutes.

Fans have repurposed Scooter’s tune ‘Weekend’ to make it all about Hatate with lyrics along the line of: “Hey oh, Reo Hatate, the Celtic get excited when we see you play, it’s strange that this feeling grows more and more, but we’ve never loved a player like you before.”

It’s no surprise he was singled out for adulation. Hatate was in dominant form up against Norwich City, helping the Bhoys to a 2-0 victory and claiming the man of the match award.

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Asked about the latest tune for him, Hatate told The Sunday Post [24/07 print edition, Post Match supplement page 5]: “Yes, it made me happy. It was nice to hear that, I would like to satisfy their expectations. I will play for the team and for the supporters.”

Hatate also went into his goals for the season and how he’s feeling ahead of next week’s Scottish Premiership opener.

The Japanese international sounds eager to make a big impact over the coming 12 months.

He said: “It will be the first time I have spent a whole season abroad, so it is a good opportunity to grow up as a player. We have a nice atmosphere and environment, so it all depends on me. I want to have a good season without any injuries.

“I don’t know how sharp I am, but we still have a long week, so I will do everything I can to start the season well. After last season I felt it was really important to have enough of a break, and I was able to take enough of a rest. I feel like I have been preparing well.”

Hatate looks ready to play at a high level in the early stages of the season, and there is definite anticipation about what he’ll offer in the first competitive fixture against Aberdeen on Sunday.

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We know the damage he can do – goals against Hearts and Rangers demonstrated that last season – now it’s about getting him to consistently produce all over the pitch.

Every sign points towards him being able to do it if he stays injury free.

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