Injury update means Reo Hatate will miss upcoming Glasgow Derby

One of the things that came out of Brendan Rodgers’ sit down with the media on Friday afternoon was the news that Reo Hatate would not be available for the Asian Cup in January and February for Japan, meaning be will most certainly be out of the Glasgow Derby match this month on the 30 December at Celtic Park.

Reo Hatate of Celtic FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Feyenoord and Celtic FC at Feyenoord Stadium de Kuip on September 19, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. ANP Hollandse Hoogte JEROEN PUTMANS

It’s another blow for the team and the news is something that the supporters could so without at the moment, as we lick our wounds on what has been another agonising European campaign. The dropped points of late to Motherwell too has been a cause of concern, as it seems as though we have a real dearth in creativity within the side at present – which is ominous for the Festive period.

Against the Steelmen we looked hopelessly lost when it came to a creative spark in the final third and Stuart Kettlewell had his men well drilled for any potential threat from Rodgers and his men. Our continuous throwing the ball high and into the box was enough to make your eyes bleed as Kyogo was in a battle he had zero chance of winning that afternoon. The team has struggled to provide the Japanese international with any ammunition and he’s looked as frustrated as the spectators of late.

Reo Hatate of Celtic looks dejected as he leaves the field after sustaining an injury during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic FC and Atletico Madrid at Celtic Park Stadium on October 25, 2023 . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With news that Reo Hatate will now be out for a match that has taken on more significance lately as our team misfires in domestic action, it really is beginning to become a cause for concern the flatness of Celtic’s play.

When asked directly about the man who scored a brace in his first match against theRangers back in February of 2022, Rodgers said: “I’m not sure Reo will be available for that. He’s progressing well but the likelihood is he won’t be involved in that. Hopefully he’s back here by the end of that month. We’re judging that as we go. But he will be like a new signing for us.”

Reo Hatate leaves the park injured. Photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

The players who are available really need to step it up over the course of these next few weeks. Our intensity within recent games leaves a considerable amount to be desired – and those who are hoping for a reprieve or last chance saloon at the club ought to buck up their ideas too – and show their hunger to fight for the manager, their teammates’ and the beyond loyal supporters.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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