Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate told Japanese website Ultra Soccer that he found his first few months at Parkhead “difficult”. The Hoops signed Hatate from J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale in the January window.
Hatate, 24, cost Celtic just £1.4m (Scotsman), a charge that left Michael Stewart stunned after the midfielder’s debut against Hibernian. Hatate has made 14 appearances in all competitions under Ange Postecoglou.
The competition is great at Celtic in midfield. Postecoglou also brought in Yosuke Ideguchi, Matt O’Riley and James McCarthy. Callum McGregor, Nir Bitton, Tom Rogic, Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull remain options.
Hatate has spoken about his tricky adjustment to life in Scotland and the difference between Premiership football and Japan. He also gave his verdict on Postecoglou’s tactics.
“The environment, the field and the climate are different in Japan, so it took me a long time to get used to it. “It was’nt easy. I was influenced by the other teams and had to play a lot of games, so it was difficult in terms of fitness.
“I think it’s a two-month period where I’ve seen both the good and the bad. We play hard on the edge of the penalty area, switch quickly in attack and defence, play at high speed. So it was difficult to adapt.”
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While his form may have slipped in the last couple of games, particularly after scoring a brace against Rangers in his first Old Firm derby and winning the other 3-0, Hatate looks like a bargain at £1.4million .
There’s no doubt he’s adapting faster with every minute he plays for Celtic, trains at Lennoxtown and works under Postecoglou. Joining in January is always difficult, but Hatate is off to a great start.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/03/28/celtic-player-admits-he-is-enduring-difficult-time-under-ange-postecoglou/ Celtic player admits he’s going through ‘difficult’ times under Ange Postecoglou