Reo’s regret regarding slack pass that got Calmac a red card

Even though Reo Hatate scored a marvellous winning goal in Celtic’s 2-1 Victory over Motherwell on Saturday, he was left frustrated with a costly mistake he made in the closing stages of the game.

Celtic’s lead was put into jeopardy again after Reo Hatate made a slack pass late in the game which almost put Ross Tierney through one on one with Joe Hart. Callum McGregor decided to pull Tierney to the ground rather than give him the opportunity to level the match, which resulted in a straight red card for the Celtic captain. As reported by The Glasgow Times, Hatate gave his thoughts…

“I must learn from my mistake. It was good to score but then I made a mistake, so it was not good and it was not bad.”

Celtic v Motherwell – cinch Premiership – Callum McGregor is shown a red card. Photo Will Matthews

When asked if McGregor had forgiven him, Hatate replied “you will have to ask him”. Callum was clearly frustrated with the pass from Hatate which resulted in him leaving the pitch.

Unfortunately, this is just adding to Hatate’s frustration, as he had a disappointing International break due to a severe lack of game-time. He clearly went out on Saturday to make a statement as he ended up winning the man of the match award. With any luck, Hatate will be getting noticed by the Japanese boss Hajime Moriyasu.

Hatate continued:  “For me it is about Celtic. I am happy with a goal and that we won the game. It all depends on us. We have to focus on each game and do our part.”

Hatate also spoke about Celtic’s hectic game schedule this month, with many games coming thick and fast and in various competitions. “Each game will be very tough. It is important to have a good recovery and performance for the team. Each competition is important and makes you improve but I definitely can learn a lot by playing in the Champions League.”

Celtic v Motherwell – Reo Hatate shoots towards goal during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday October 1, 2022. Photo Will Matthews

Lastly, when asked about the threat posed by Leipzig in Celtic’s next champions League tie, the Celtic midfielder replied:  “I am enjoying the Champions League and I am learning how to prepare myself. I will learn a lot and I enjoy that experience. The biggest challenge is playing our football. We will try as always to play our football.”


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