A lot has been made about Celtic's form in recent times. Many have started to even ask questions about Brendan Rodgers and his long-term future at the club. But the reality of the situation is that the Hoops did not strengthen in the summer, a lot of players do not seem to fit the manager's style of football and several key stars have spent and continue to spend significant time out on the sidelines with injuries.
So, Rodgers certainly has not been dealt the best cards at Parkhead. Hopefully, he will be given the necessary backing in the upcoming January transfer window.
The return of key players from injury will be a much-needed boost to the team as well. It looks like Daizen Maeda is closing in on fitness and Rodgers' side have clearly missed his work-rate.
"At this moment in time we are thinking it will be into January. But he is doing very well. We just assess that as each day goes by."
Celtic player not expected to return from injury this year
Hatate is another player who does not seem to have found his best form under the management of Rodgers. The fact that he has had to deal with injury problems have not helped either.
One can only hope that he is able to rediscover his peak form and fitness once he returns from injury. He has been pictured in training recently and does not seem a million miles away from getting back on the pitch.
When everybody is fit and available, the midfield of Hatate, Callum McGregor and Matt O'Riley seems to be the best and most balanced trio that Celtic have right now. Of course, the Japanese midfielder would not be able to solve all of the club's problems on his own and everybody needs to step their game up.