Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate could be the subject of interest from a number of clubs in the January transfer window, according to Sky Sports‘ Anthony Joseph.
The Lowdown: Hatate a key figure
Unfortunately, some possible exit news has now emerged regarding the Japanese.
The Latest: January exit possible
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Joseph admitted that Hatate could put himself in the shop window at the World Cup, ahead of a possible January departure:
“It wouldn’t surprise me after going out of the Champions League and let’s see how the World Cup goes.
“The World Cup and playing in the Champions League will be a huge thing for the likes of Hatate, Josip Juranovic and Jota.”
The Verdict: Potential big blow
Losing Hatate midway through the campaign would be a clear blow for Celtic, considering his importance in the middle of the park and the quality he brings.
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Granted, he may not start every game for the Hoops but his average of 1.3 tackles and 1.2 key passes per game in the league this season highlight his ability on and off the ball.
If Hatate is to leave Celtic, a summer exit would be far more preferable, although the hope is that he remains a key figure at Parkhead for years to come.
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