REO HATATE was quick to catch the eye of Celtic fans when he arrived in Glasgow, but his former boss in Japan is adamant that Celtic fans have yet to see the best of their midfielder.
In his debut match against Hibs, the midfielder looked unplayable. He was simply immense.
He shortly gave the Celtic fans something to cheer about, scoring a screamer against Hearts and of course, his brace against Rangers at Parkhead.
However, it was clear that fatigue was hampering the player’s performance, with his levels dipping. Fans haven’t forgotten what Hatate was first like, and are hoping that a long rest this summer will enable him to return to top form.
Frontale head coach Oniki, who signed Reo to his side, has recalled when the then striker caught the eye, detailing; [KeepUp]
“He participated in a pre-season training when he was a junior and senior university student,” Oniki said.
“I heard from a team scout that there is good player and asked him to participate in team training. I felt that he was a very talented player.”
His boss then stated that Hatate will still improve, saying;
“He joined as striker, At the time, I had him working on playing as a midfielder as well.
“He was a player who is very powerful and can do hard work.”
“I think he will continue to grow.
“From the manager’s point of view, he is a very valuable and dependable player who can play in multiple positions.”
Celtic fans are eager to watch Hatate next season. We’ve seen glimpses that he can be a special player, and now we want to see this over the course of a season and on Europe’s top stage.