FOOTBALL SCOTLAND 🔵 The four Celtic words Reo Hatate wants fans to say as he makes pre Rangers vow – Shango Media
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FOOTBALL SCOTLAND 🔵 The four Celtic words Reo Hatate wants fans to say as he makes pre Rangers vow

Reo Hatate insists he’s determined to make up for lost time as the Celtic star opened up on his injury hell.

The Japanese playmaker made his long-awaited return in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Livingston and is now in line for a start this Sunday at Ibrox. It’s been a hugely frustrating campaign for the fans’ favourite, who has been restricted to just 12 appearances, after three different periods on the sidelines.

Now, the Treble-winner has made it his mission to help Brendan Rodgers’ side to a league and cup Double as he vowed to play a massive role between now and the end of the campaign, most recently injuring both calves on international duty in January.

Writing in his Sportiva diary, he said: « I have been repeatedly injured and not been able to contribute to the team. I want to win as many titles as possible and I want to show the Celtic fans a performance that once again makes them think, ‘Celtic need Reo Hatate’.

« During my rehabilitation in preparation for my return, I reviewed everything. This included preparation for competitions, physical strength, training content and diet.

« The most recent injury was my third this season and although it was in a different location, it was a huge shock to have sustained a similar injury over and over again. When I returned to Scotland after the Asian Cup, my heart sank for a while.

« I had also been injured in a match against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on October 25 last year. I was disappointed at that moment, but quickly recovered. I thought to myself, ‘I will definitely recover from my injury and participate in the Asia Cup’.

« By setting clear goals for my return, I was able to stay much more positive. However, this time, it was difficult for me to change my mind because I had been injured playing in a competition that had been my goal. »

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