Reo Hatate is on his way to Glasgow to complete the arrival of Celtic’s J League Trio after he signed for the Hoops with Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi to give the Celtic fans a New Year’s lift.
With questions over who was signing players over the years at Celtic Park regularly on the lips of supporters going back to Gordon Strachan’s managerial reign at the club it is so positive to know that the new bhoys are what Ange wants to strengthen the team.
All 3 players are well known to the manager and they will help each other settle in to the different culture and language and the presence of Kyogo after his impressive start to the season, his cup final gaols and the Celtic fans reaction to him will be a comfort to them all.
No doubt that the street sellers around Celtic Park will be stocking up on the Japanese flags and merchandise ahead of fans returning to Paradise.
With 4 Japanese players now at the club, Celtic will be big news in Japan and the club I would imagine will be looking into capitalizing on the Japanese market and who knows maybe Celtic will play there one day. Now that would be some Football Away Day Trip.
Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.