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30 Nov 2021 13:49:04
Hi Ed, have you heard anything about Celtic trying to sign Hatate ASAP incase travel to/ from Japan is further restricted by C.V.?

One tabloid is reporting we're aiming to get him in place for the Sevco game.

{Ed007's Note - Considering the transfer window doesn't open until the 1st of January, a Saturday and that the 3rd/4th of January is the actual Bank Holiday I can't see any way we could get him registered and sort a work permit out in time for him to play on the 2nd.}

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30 Nov 2021 15:35:24
I was under the impression that the J-League was due to finish this Saturday, 4th December, and if Hatate was out of contract (making him a free agent) could we sign him?

{Ed007's Note - Officially Hatate's contract doesn't end until Jan 31st so technically we can sign him on a pre-contract (which means he couldn't become a Celtic player until the 1st of February), we could pay a nominal fee to his club to release him early or his club could waive any fee which I think is more likely but we still can't register him until January the 1st - we can't register a player outside a transfer window unless he is a free agent and has been since the previous window.}

30 Nov 2021 16:14:22
Ah, that makes sense Ed - now I get it.

{Ed007's Note - ? You're at a bad age mate.}

30 Nov 2021 16:45:34
Aye and you're not far behind me ?.

{Ed007's Note - Aye right! ?

30 Nov 2021 17:03:42
my thinking is Celtic will get it all agreed and fly him over as soon as the j league finishes so he is here and avoids travel bans.

{Ed007's Note - We still can't register him until the 1st of January and as that's a Saturday I don't see it happening and then the holidays are Monday and Tuesday.
I'm not 100% but I don't think we can apply for a work permit either until the deal is finalised and the players registration paperwork is in order.
The player himself is still under contract and will be due to be paid nearly 2 months salary by the time his contract runs out - plus any bonuses due - so I can't see Celtic flying him in here to sit in a hotel for around a month minimum with no pay - and what happens if he doesn't get a work permit, he doesn't have a singe senior cap.}

30 Nov 2021 19:20:50
Ed : has there been a case that the SFA are open for transfers on the 1st?

{Ed007's Note - That's one for Buzz I reckon lol but it is a Public Holiday AND it's on a Saturday this year. It's not just the SFA that would be needed to available to sign off paperwork but to be honest I don't know if that can be precompleted(?) and then just needs registered with the relevant authorities - then there's the work permit situation as well.
My flabber would be well and truly gasted if Reo Hatate starts for us on the 2nd.}

30 Nov 2021 22:32:55
There’s hasn’t been much of a rush in recent seasons because the Scottish Premiership have had winter breaks and most of the Glasgow Derbies have taken place at the end of December.
Last season there was a crazy rumour that Celtic would be trying to bring Fraser Forster back in the January window, in time to play at Ibrox on January 2nd.
We knew it was nonsense because last season the offices were closed on January 1st and new players couldn’t be registered until after the Bank Holidays.

{Ed007's Note - Can you see Hatate or any new signing playing for Celtic in that Derby, Buzz? I certainly don't and tbh don't know if I'd be keen on it, we keep talking about players working hard and learning Ange's system but they still have to get used to their team mates capabilities etc.}

30 Nov 2021 22:57:40
I wouldn’t think so Ed, especially with the New Year landing on the weekend.
The players from the Japanese league will get 4 weeks rest and then they will be ready for the Celtic winter training camp.
It’s a perfect preparation scenario for the second half of the season.

{Ed007's Note - I agree with that.}

01 Dec 2021 12:55:27
The way it's looking it could be played without fans at it too!



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