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“He is similar to Kaoru Mitoma” – Former Celt tips star midfielder for EPL move

Celtic midfielder, Reo Hatate has just enjoyed a ten day spell on international duty with Japan.

The tenacious midfielder played a huge part in Japan’s wins against El Salvador and Peru and has cemented his place in Hajime Moriyasu’s plans for sure.

However, because of his solid performances, Hatate is being tipped for a move to the English Premier League.

But former Celtic striker, Frank McAvennie is hopeful that the club can keep him for another season.

“If you are a good player you are going to get poached by the Premier League,” he told Football Insider.

“I think Hatate would be an excellent player down there, he is similar to [Kaoru] Mitoma at Brighton.

“I just hope we get another year out of Hatate. He is a great player but he is not the finished article yet.

“If he waits another year he will do down there a better player and be able to hold his own.

“It is a hard place to go and play football. I think if we get another year out of Hatate I will be delighted.”

The Japanese midfielder still has three years left to run on his contract so if anyone wants him, they will need to offer silly money.

Before the departure of Ange Postecoglou, Hatate had already stated that he is happy at Celtic. 

But the landscape may have changed since then. With the Celtic players away on holiday after international duty had ended, the fans will be hoping that we can get through the summer without losing any of our top players.

Japanese Report: Ange Postecoglou expected to make double Celtic swoop

I suppose it was just a matter of time before these links became apparent. Everybody knows that Ange Postecoglou has a soft spot for Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate.

The Australian made both players transfer priorities when he became the manager of Celtic. Although Kyogo was signed almost straight away, Ange had to wait for Hatate.

And what signings they have been for Celtic. So good in fact, that Ange is now looking to take them to Tottenham with him. That’s according to reports in Japan.

The report from Sponichi said, “According to several sources, Tottenham, a Premier League powerhouse, has expressed interest in defender Ito and midfielder Hatate.

“Tottenham may bring in Furuhashi and other Japanese players who know their abilities well, the most likely candidate is said to be Ito, who has been developing in Germany.”

Now, the thing with Japanese journalists is that they don’t deal in the sort of sensationalised nonsense ours do.

They rarely get involved in hearsay and only go to print with stories that they think have legs in them.

Whether both would want to leave Celtic is another matter. Kyogo and Hatate have both said that they are happy at the club and have no reason to leave.

But would the temptation to join Ange (as well as quadrupling their wages) be enough to make them think twice?

Let’s hope not but just in case they do, Ange better make sure Daniel Levy’s debit card has an overdraft facility because they will cost him a very pretty penny.

“If Celtic get offered exceptional money” – Hugh Keevins says Celtic will do an ‘Alistair Johnston’ on Japanese star if the price was right

These kinds of stories always come up when Celtic are doing well, don’t they?

With the league title almost wrapped up and a treble on the horizon, all is looking good at the club as Ange Postecoglou tightens his grip on Scottish football.

But we can’t have too much good news about the club now can we? There needs to be something negative out there and, of course, it has been provided by Hugh Keevins.

The veteran journalist has ramped up transfer speculation around Reo Hatate when he made this claim on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, “I’m sure that Ange Postecoglou has got his targets and I’d be surprised if they were not well down the road into the bargain.

There will be obvious targets for other clubs. Reo Hatate being the main one I think. And then it comes down to business.

Because if Celtic get offered exceptional money for Reo Hatate, and they didn’t pay that much to get him, it would fit the Celtic player trading model, he will go.

And Ange Postecoglou would look to do an Alistair Johnston on that one whereby he got rid of Josip Juranovic and made a 300% profit on what Celtic had paid for Juranovic.

And then got in a player who’s younger, I would say better and didn’t cost as much.”

Why Reo Hatate will not leave Celtic

Ange will look to build his team around the Japanese midfielder next season.

Hatate has shown his class and worth to the team with some outstanding performances in the Champions League and with some incredible goals against Rangers.

Postecoglou will be in no mind to sell a player that he believes will be a key man in his quest to tackle Europe next season.

Keevins needs to take his scaremongering elsewhere.

Ange Postecoglou praised for management of January signing as Celtic star is tipped to “flourish”

Celtic’s transfer policy under Ange Postecoglou has been the subject of much praise from the fans and the media.

And rightly so.

The Celtic manager has unearthed some proper gems in the two seasons he has been at the club and one of those is being tipped to be a major player for the club next season.

Tomoki Iwata arrived from Japan in January and as yet, most of his appearances have been from the bench. But for the little time he has had, he is making a huge impression on the Celtic fans.

And Frank McAvennie.

The former Celt says that Ange has been spot on in his strategy of breaking the former J League MVP into the first team and McAvennie has tipped Iwata to shine next season, “I think the manager is doing well, bringing him in and out but I think he is ready to flourish now,” he told Football Insider.

As the manager said, there is more to come from him. He uses both feet, sprays the ball all over the place.

“He is different from Hatate, where Hatate runs forward Iwata just sits and lets McGregor be in his normal position. I would love to see Iwata, Hatate and McGregor in the middle moving forward.“

Iwata does look like a quality player and Ange is absolutely doing the correct thing by just giving him fleeting appearances.

We all saw what happened to Reo Hatate last season as the Celtic midfielder appeared to burnt out towards the end of the season.

And just like Hatate, Iwata is just off the back of a full season in Japan so to risk over playing him could be costly.

Get him a full pre season under his belt and then unleash him on the first team. We did that with Hatate and look how he’s turned out for us.