Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate has shared two brilliant images with former Hoops hero Shunsuke Nakamura.

The 24-year-old midfielder is currently enjoying some rest back in his homeland after an incredibly busy season with both Celtic and Kawasaki Frontale.

During that period, Hatate has taken some time to meet up with one of his fellow countrymen and a popular figure amongst the Parkhead support.

Taking to Instagram, the Japanese internationalist shared two brilliant pictures alongside former Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura.

Earlier today, many Celtic fans were paying tribute to Nakamura on social media, with the 43-year-old celebrating his birthday.

Supporters were left buzzing to see club heroes of the past and present standing alongside one another and discussing stories from their time with the Bhoys.

I am sure one of those discussion points would have been about some great strikes against Rangers, with both players having scored memorable goals against our rivals.

The Celtic midfielder also included a link to the Hoops within his Instagram post, using the hashtags 25 and 41, representing the two players’ numbers during their time with the club.

Incredibly, Nakamura continues to play football to this day and is currently turning out for Yokohama FC, where he has spent the last four years.

Celtic v Rangers - CIS Insurance Cup Final
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Hatate set to embark upon Europe’s biggest stage, just as Nakamura did for Celtic.

With the Hoops set to participate in the Champions League next season, Reo Hatate will be looking forward to embarking on that experience in his first full season as a Celtic player.

Some of Nakamura’s fondest memories in the green and white came in that same competition, including two incredible free-kicks against English giants Manchester United.

If Hatate can produce just a fraction of that quality next season for Ange Postecoglou’s side, I am sure the Celtic support will be loving the midfielder even more.

Maybe, there will even be a chance for Nakamura to visit Paradise and take in one of the special European nights at Parkhead once again.

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