Reo Hatate on the brink of signing, add a Matt O’Riley deal and make everyone’s day

Reo on the brink of new deal proves everyone is working together…

Celtic’s midfielder Reo Hatate and striker Daizen Maeda during a friendly football match between Japan’s Gamba Osaka and  Celtic at Suita City Stadium in the city of Suita, Osaka prefecture on July 22, 2023. (Photo by PAUL MILLER/AFP via Getty Images)

According to Stephen McGowan of the Scottish Daily Mail, Reo Hatate is on the brink of penning a new contract extension.

That would be wonderful news indeed and will put an end to the unfair criticism Reo has had to put up with these past few weeks regarding his commitment to the club.

Reo of course was the subject of continued transfer speculation over the summer as a number of clubs circled around the Japanese international in Europe and the Middle East.

Celtic v Wolverhampton Wanderers –  Reo Hatate during the pre-season friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, : Saturday July 29, 2023. Photo Brian Lawless

Talks of a new deal were put on hold and this understandably affected Reo and it showed in his performances, but he was well within his rights to put himself first. He’s just come back from injury and is starting to show the form that made him a player who merited such interest and now it looks like he’s signing a new deal at Celtic.

That is yet more fantastic news regarding the commitment of our players. If Reo agrees a new deal he will join Kyogo, Daizen Maeda, Callum McGregor, Liel Abada, and Tony Ralston in committing his future to the club.

It of course doesn’t guarantee that any of these players won’t leave the club, because money talks in football, we just have to look at what happened with our ‘superstar from Portugal’ to appreciate that harsh reality. But it proves that the players in this Celtic squad are all happy and pulling together in the same direction under Brendan Rodgers. That itself is worth its weight in gold.

Now, can he get some news on a new contract being penned by Matt O’Riley please? That would make everyone’s day would it not?


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