Reo Hatate on fire


Scotland and Glasgow especially is the place to be for new emerging talent from the J League making it in Europe. The Scottish league does not have the glitz and glamour of the football played south of their borders it does nevertheless offer a great platform for talent to progress. Kyogo Furuhashi has shown in just six months that if you have the talent and show it in Scotland you will get people talking far further field. His great success meant that Ange Postecoglou the former Yokohama F. Marinos manager tipped into the J League market again this month bringing in Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.

Talent on fire

Celtic won again this week in a huge match against third-place Hearts and this time it was Reo Hatate turn to put in a renowned performance, while Australian Matt O'Riley shared some of the limelight. With the three other Japanese players missing from the starting 11 it was the former Kawasaki Frontale man time to show some J League magic.

It came on 27 minutes and it was special, as the youngster set a low firing strike from 30 yards into the bottom corner of the net. It might have been O'Riley who picked up the man of the match award but on this performance Hatate am sure will pick up many of these awards himself in the coming months. 

This match too saw a lovely moment as both sets of fans shared a minute applause on 13 minutes to remember a young Hearts fan who sadly took his own life.  A moment that shows you how important it is for the football family to come together. 

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