Report: 2021 Olympian has decided he wants to join Celtic; could make Glasgow derby debut

By David Walton

November 30, 2021

Reo Hatate has decided that he wants to join Celtic in the January transfer window with his contract set to run out in Japan, the Daily Record reports.

The 2-time J-League title-winner has already made his mind up that he wants to join Kyogo Furuhashi at Parkhead. The report states that Celtic are moving quickly to try and bring the player in for January 2nd’s clash with Rangers, where he could make his debut.

The Record claims that Celtic have already thrashed out terms with the player and doesn’t believe Kawasaki Frontale will stop him from joining up with the Hoops early.

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The J-League campaign concludes on December 4th, meaning Celtic’s pursuit wouldn’t conflict with any fixtures Kawaski may have.

Celtic are trying to move quickly in order to sign Hatate, with the report stating that the club still needs to complete his work permit and documentation ahead of the new year.

Hatate has made 36 appearances for Kawasaki this season, and was involved with Japan during the 2021 Olympics where they made the semi-finals before being knocked out by Spain [Transfemarkt].

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At 24 years of age, this is something that will likely excite the Celtic fans. It’s yet another example of the Hoops going for a player who can come in and make an immediate impact. A player who already has title-winning experience and shouldn’t take too long to settle into the demands at Parkhead.

Hatate can play either as a left-back or in central midfield. An odd combination granted, but Celtic have long since needed a first-class left-back to add to their ranks.

Ange Postecoglou hasn’t invested his trust into Liam Scales or Boli Bolingoli during his time as Celtic manager. He was mostly reliant on Greg Taylor before his injury, and has instead been playing a right-back in Josip Juranovic over on the left. A damning fact for the current left-back crop.

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Regardless, Hatate would arrive in Scotland without any prior experience of European football. In fact, he would arrive without having ever moved clubs. For the left-back has spent all of his senior playing days with Kawasaki.

Celtic would therefore have to be patient. Not all players from the J-League will be able to adapt to Scotland and Scottish football as well as Kyogo has. But Ange Postecoglou clearly sees something in Hatate that excites him.

Hopefully, this is a case of Celtic doing their business early and getting some fresh bodies in the door.

In other news, The Celtic supporters are ready to see a big renaissance from struggling talent