Watch: Class clip of Reo Hatate congratulating Celtic teammate Chris Jullien emerges

By David Walton

February 14, 2022

A brilliant piece of post-match footage has emerged after yesterday’s 4-0 win over Raith Rovers, with Reo Hatate congratulating teammate Christopher Jullien at full-time.

Jullien finally made his return to the Celtic fold after 15 months out of the game with ligament damage. Fans had been eagerly anticipating his first appearance, and he got it in a late cameo against the Championship side.

And as the players celebrated at full-time, Hatate showed his class as he took the time to personally applaud and congratulate the Frenchman on his return:

It remains to be seen if Jullien will, in time, be one of Ange Postecoglou’s first-choice centre-backs. The current partnership continues to be Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, but Chris has the pedigree to break that trend.

For now, however, the former Toulouse defender will need to be content with biding his time. Considering we’re entering an important phase in the title-race, Ange won’t want to be taking too many unnecessary risks.

But Jullien’s return against Raith was a welcome sign for supporters. A sign that our depth pool continues to grow in key areas.

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Again, it’s another sign of the togetherness that’s currently being formed by this incredible squad of players. A sign that they continue to be there for each other and continue to support one another.

Hatate has of course been a class act ever since he’s come into the club. And it’s important that Jullien is made to feel bigged up by his teammates on what was an important afternoon against the Championship side.

This is definitely a different Celtic than the one Jullien left. There’s no more uncertainty and confusion around the place. No more apathy towards the manager and no squad that looks ready to crumble at the first sign of adversity.

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Indeed, for the last 15 months, Jullien has been nothing more than a supporter. He’ll have been just as bamboozled as the rest of us when it comes to why our 10-in-a-row bid plummeted so abysmally.

He’ll be itching to make up for lost time, and considering the schedule Celtic have, there will surely be plenty of opportunity for him in the coming weeks.

And if his cameo yesterday was anything to go by, he’s looking sharp as he awaits his next big chance.

In other news, Confirmed: Former Celtic midfielder Barry Robson takes interim charge of Aberdeen; Scott Brown still involved