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.