UEFA relive brilliant individual moment from Celtic midfielder

By Lewis Laird

September 21, 2022

Having picked up one point from two games in the UEFA Champions League so far this season, some might have been left a little frustrated at Celtic’s start in the prestigious competition.

However, when you look closer into the context of the Hoops’ two outings against Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk, the performances have been far from disappointing.

Of course, as Celtic supporters, it is all about winning games with the standard being sky high at Parkhead, and I am sure Ange Postecoglou will have the same outlook.

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However, after taking on some of the best club sides Europe has to offer, including the current holders of the competition, there are plenty of positives to take away.

Across both fixtures against Real and Shakhtar, our main downfall was not taking the opportunities that were falling our way.

However, there have been plenty of brilliant individual moments to shout home about.

When facing up against Champions League and World Cup winners such as Toni Kroos and Luca Modric, it is bound to be a test that would faze the majority of midfielders.

But, not Reo Hatate.

On matchday one, the Japanese midfielder faced up against the legendary Croatian, and despite being on the losing side put in a great performance.

The 24-year-old also produced one of the standout moments of the match for Celtic, making an incredible first-time, cross-field pass into the path of Jota.

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Hatate makes it look effortless, meeting a throw-in from the right by Josip Juranovic on the volley and making a pinpoint accuracy pass, before continuing his run into the Real Madrid box.

Over two weeks on from the matchup at Celtic Park, UEFA have relived the piece of individual brilliance produced by the midfielder on their social media.

Posting to their 44 million followers on Twitter, within minutes thousands of Celtic and other football supporters from around the world were praising Hatate for the pass.

This isn’t the first time that an official UEFA account has paid tribute to the former Kawasaki Frontale man either after they posted about the midfielder’s superb start to life as a Celtic player back in January.

Looking back, there is no doubting how difficult a pass Hatate executed. However, we have now come used to it from him and know the quality he possesses.

The only frustrating thing about watching this clip back is thinking how much more the Bhoys deserved from their match-up against the European Champions.

But, it should prove to be a valuable learning curve, to show that they can cut it, in terms of performance, with the very best. It is just about producing that final piece of quality.

Hopefully, this isn’t the last time we see either Celtic or Hatate praised by the official UEFA Champions League account this season, with the Hoops knockout hopes still very much alive.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou speaks on Celtic hero Tom Rogic’s move to West Brom.