The former AC Milan, Chelsea and Villarreal forward is currently earning a small fortune playing in Chinese football for Tianjin Quanjian but Hoops supporters seem to think he could be the headline singing for Brendan Rodgers this summer. Well, maybe.
— PATO (@AlexandrePato) June 11, 2018
Yesterday, the 28-year-old sent a tweet to his followers, probably innocently, featuring a clover emoji, which doesn’t have much relevance to anybody – except Irish people and, of course, Celtic supporters.
We accept a lot of these replies are almost certainly tongue-in-cheek, but there might be one of two supporters who are genuinely hoping Pato could be swapping Shanghai for Parkhead:
Welcome to the most successful club in Scotland my man <3
— Hendawg🇮🇪🏴 (@Hendawg1888) June 12, 2018
— 🏴🍀Stephen C W🍀🏴 (@CelticRockRoars) June 11, 2018
Welcome to Celtic ☘️💚
— 🍀 Mika 🇮🇪 (@fenian__army) June 11, 2018
All well and good but do you support the republican movement?
— liam 🇩🇪 (@liamcsc) June 11, 2018
Welcome to Celtic.
— Lachy (@Lachy67_) June 11, 2018
Bem vinda pic.twitter.com/Z3P9epLxBg
— Ciarán Campbell (@Cambo_67) June 11, 2018
Mon the Hoops 🍀
— Caitríona🌟 (@Caitriona_T) June 11, 2018
Drew-“am actually hearing from my sources in Dundee that Pato is going to Celtic…”
— LifeOfMoz&Ben 🇲🇺 (@Mozzamotti) June 11, 2018
When are you signing ? Your only 28 years old , news the time 🍀
— Allan Mair (@allan_mair) June 11, 2018
Hail Hail Patty Bhoy 🍀
— Liam_93 🍀 (@7Down3ToGo) June 11, 2018
GLASGOW CELTIC 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
— kilmurray (@kilmurraybhoy) June 12, 2018
— Patrick Power 💙 (@MarkHiggins24) June 11, 2018
Is there any chance at all that we could see Pato and his jet-heeled runs jinking past defences in the Scottish Premiership from next season?
Surely not? What do you think?