Meeting set for Celtic transfer target; Ange's wish is coming true

By John McGinley

December 6, 2021

Momentum is increasing on Celtic’s swoop for a number of J-League talents, with Sky Sports now reporting interest in three players.

The broadcaster states that the Bhoys are in for Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi from the Japanese market.

It mirrors similar reports from their homeland over the weekend, suggesting there is something to these rumours.

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Excitingly, it’s stated that Hatate is due to meet with his club’s chiefs this week to notify them of his intention to move to Scotland.

Sky Sports believe his contract is expiring in February, though a fee would be needed to ensure he arrived at the club earlier than that per the wishes of manager Ange Postecoglou.

The Celtic boss has gone on the record on multiple occasions to state his hopes that the Bhoys can do their transfer business early in the window so that new players can make as big an impact as possible on the season.

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All signs point towards this being the case given the strength of consistent transfer reports from Japan and the bold optimism of the manager in public as recently as yesterday.

Hatate, who plays for champions Kawasaki Frontale, could be a game-changing talent in the Celtic starting eleven with the ability and versatility to play in a number of defensive and midfield positions.

Given the impact of Kyogo Furuhashi on the Celtic team, there will be an incredible amount of hype if Hatate does end up signing for the club.

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