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Celtic: Reo Hatate was ‘an absolute steal’, says Anthony Joseph

Celtic: Reo Hatate was ‘an absolute steal’, says Anthony Joseph -Celtic News

Celtic got ‘an absolute steal’ when they welcomed midfielder Reo Hatate to Parkhead earlier this year, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.

The Lowdown: Hatate’s arrival

Having joined the Hoops on New Year’s Day in a deal worth £1.4m, the Japan international has since played a key role in helping Ange Postecoglou’s side to the top of the Premiership table.

The 24-year-old has made seven top-flight appearances for Celtic thus far this season, contributing a goal and an assist from a central midfield position.

Furthermore, he has also featured in the Green and White’s starting XI in all four Champions League games, providing an assist in the 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Latest: Joseph’s claim

Having discovered Hatate whilst in charge of Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Joseph thinks Postecoglou deserves all the praise for bringing the midfield maestro to Celtic Park.

Speaking with GiveMeSport, the Sky Sports reporter said:

“I think Hatate was an absolute steal. I really thought Hatate was going to have a big season and would prove to be one of Celtic’s best players.”

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The Verdict: Great signing

In the Scottish top-flight this season, the 24-year-old has averaged an impressive 7.27 match rating, contributing 1.9 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.1 tackles per game (via WhoScored).

With the ability to play as an attacking, central or defensive midfielder, the Japanese player’s versatility and rounded skill-set is hugely admired by Postecoglou, who has used him in all three positions thus far in the Premiership.

H as an ‘outrageous’ midfielder by Aston Villa captain John McGinn, Hatate’s arrival at Celtic Park is an illustration of the club’s shrewd success in the transfer market, having brought in a number of little-known gems for low fees.

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