'Inevitable' Celtic star Reo Hatate will be eyed by Premier League clubs

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Celtic star Reo Hatate is certain to work his way onto the radar of Premier League clubs if he maintains his red-hot form, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Hatate may have only secured a move to Scotland just before the January transfer window officially opened for business, but there are suggestions that his stay at Parkhead could be short-lived.

What’s the latest news involving Hatate?

Celtic completed the triple signing of Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi on New Year’s Eve, with the trio arriving from the Japanese top flight.

Bhoys boss Ange Postecoglou, who moved into the hot seat last summer, claimed the trio would ‘excite our fans’.

Hatate has certainly done that and Celtic are already expected to make a significant profit on their £1.4million investment in the midfielder.

He has caught the eye of ex-Aston Villa frontman Gabby Agbonlahor, who has described Hatate as ‘outstanding’ and claimed his value has already tripled since heading to the Scottish Premiership.

Former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan has suggested Premier League clubs could already be plotting a move ahead of the transfer window reopening in the summer.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Hatate?

O’Rourke is adamant that Premier League clubs will be keen on prising Hatate away from Celtic after making a blistering start to his Hoops career.

The journalist feels a continuation of the 24-year-old’s fine form could hamper the Glasgow giants’ hopes of keeping him at Parkhead on a long-term basis.

When asked whether some of the biggest clubs south of the border would be hoping to steal Hatate away from Parkhead, O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Yes, I think, 100%.

“If Reo Hatate keeps performing at the levels that he has been, it’s inevitable that Premier League clubs are going to be alerted to him.”

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Why is Hatate getting so much praise for his form?

Hatate has played a key role in Celtic moving to the top of the Scottish Premiership, overtaking arch-rivals Rangers and strengthening their hopes of reclaiming the title.

Over the course of six appearances in the competition, Hatate has registered three goals and two assists, demonstrating he will be a constant threat in the final third of the pitch.

Hatate’s first Old Firm derby could not have gone any better as he instigated a first half blitz which resulted in Celtic registering a 3-0 win over Rangers and leapfrogging their cross-city rivals in the table.

However, Postecoglou is still expecting Hatate to continue improving as he reacted to his brace by suggesting the Japanese was not fully fit.

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