'Sign him up': Celtic fans react to Alexandre Pato's cryptic tweet

Celtic fans are seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on August 16, 2017 in Glasgow, United...

Is former AC Milan superstar Alexandre Pato really on his way to join Celtic in the Scottish Premiership?

Alexandre Pato of AC Milan celebrates scoring the first goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 2, 2011 in Milan,...

The problem with Twitter, especially messages that consist of a single emoji, is that they can often get lost in translation.

But was Alexandre Pato really hinting at an impending move to Celtic when he posted an image of a shamrock, and nothing else, on his official Twitter page?

The shamrock is the universal symbol of Ireland and remains closely associated with Celtic Football Club, whose badge contains a flower very similar albeit with one extra leaf. But will we see the 28-year-old one time AC Milan wonder-kid wearing the green and white kit very soon?

Alexandre Pato of Chelsea is seen at the warm up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on March 1, 2016 in Norwich, England.

It is fair to say some Celtic fans might be reading a little too much into this.

Pato was once viewed as one of the world’s hottest striking prospects during his formative years in Milan until the injuries started to take their toll. Now, the Pato Branco-native is plying his trade in China with Tianjin Quanjian after spells with Chelsea and Villarreal.

A record of 20 goals in 30 league games over in the Far East, however, suggest that Pato is at least rediscovering his mojo, although in an obviously inferior league to Serie A, La Liga or England’s top flight.

Alexandre Pato of Tianjin Quanjian reacts during the AFC Champions League match between Kashiwa Reysol and Tianjin Quanjian at Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium on February 20, 2018 in...

If Celtic were to sign Pato, it would be one of the most eye-catching deals anywhere in Europe. But, in reality, there is probably a logical explanation for this rather cryptic tweet.

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